Wage talks break down already

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After just three full days of negotiations, wage talks between trade union federation LO and employers’ organization NHO broke down Thursday night. That means the two sides will now take their differences to the state mediator at the end of this month.

LO leader Hans Christian Gabrielsen and NHO chief Ole Erik Almlid launched the annual wage ritual earlier this week, with LO demanding that its members expect an increase in real purchasing power after years of moderation. LO wants a general wage increase for all its members and an extra pay boost to those with the lowest wages. Anyone earning around NOK 430,000 (USD 50,000) or less is considered low-paid in Norway.

NHO is only willing to offer lower pay raises, to improve competitiveness. News bureau NTB reported that NHO is also negative towards giving bigger raises to those with the lowest pay.

The state mediator (Riksmekleren) will now take over, with a deadline set for March 31.

newsinenglish.no staff