State mediator Mats Ruland said both sides in Norway’s most important round of labour negotiations seem keen on “finding a solution.” Now it’s his job to “systematically go through” all the issues that need to be settled between trade union federation Fellesforbundet and the industrial employers’ organization Norsk Industri.
Their own talks broke down soon after they started on Tuesday. At issue are not only wages but also working conditions, hours and benefits.
The negotiations, which usually set the tone for most other labour pacts in other sectors, have been delayed by five months because of the Corona crisis. The deadline for a settlement aimed at heading off a major national strike was set for August 20.