Travelers through Norwegian airports in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Sandefjord may face long lines at the check-out counters at duty-free retailers, after 311 members of airport retail unions went out on strike Monday afternoon. They were ordered to walk off the job at midnight.
Representatives for the employers’ organization Virke and the airport retailers’ labour organization LFF (Luftfartens Funksjonærforening) failed to come to terms after mediation. “It’s LFF that’s opted to strike,” Pål Skarsbak of Virke told state broadcaster NRK.
The strike will lead to reduced capacity at check-out. Stores will remain open, though, but it may take a while for Norwegians to complete their purchases.
Skarsbak claimed the workers have received a good pay offer but nonetheless chose to strike. LFF has taken out a total of 311 workers at Airport Retail Norway, which runs clothing stores at OSL Gardermoen and Sandefjord’s Torp airport, and at Travel Retail Norway, which runs the duty free concessions.