Major strike averted

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A major strike that could have pulled thousands of workers off the job at industrial companies all over Norway was averted on Sunday, after hours of extended mediation.

Details of the settlement between Norway’s largest trade union in the private sector, Fellesforbundet, and employers’ organization Norsk Industri were sketchy but involved modest pay raises for workers of around 2 percent plus some local wage hikes.

The settlement, which now must be formally approved by both sides, also addressed concerns over benefits and working hours. It will boost minimum pay levels.

The settlement was reached after negotiations broke down and headed into forced mediation. New state mediator Kari Gjesteby was praised for the role she played in securing a pay and benefit deal.

It’s expected to set the tone for other labour negotiations this spring. Unions representing public sector workers start negotiations later this month.

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