The labour organization representing striking locomotive engineers decided against pulling more of them off the job on Friday. “We don’t want to make things even more difficult for passengers,” union leader Rolf Ringdal told state broadcaster NRK.
The strike has dragged on for 16 days, with several thousand train cancellations, mostly on commuter lines around and through Oslo. The union’s strike committee met on Friday to discuss taking out even more than the 118 engineers already on strike, but postponed the move at least until next week.
Ringdal claimed that spirts remain high among the strikers, who are demanding a national standard for their training. State railway NSB opposes inserting any training criteria into labour contracts.