Norwegian trade union federation LO usually doesn’t offer much support to the country’s minority conservative government coalition but this week it was singing the praises of the government’s proposed measures to tackle labour crime.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg unveiled 22 measures against criminal violations of state labour laws. They include more effective sanctions, a new dedicated effort to investigate labour violations, stronger cooperation among state agencies and a survey to identify the extent of Norway’s underground economy.
“I must hail Erna Solberg for what we’ve achieved here in the fight against labour crimes,” LO boss Gerd Kristiansen said at the unveiling. Solberg returned the compliment, saying that the measures came on the initiative of LO and follow-up work conducted by national employers’ organization NHO.