Wizz Air defies a threatened boycott

Low-fare carrier Wizz Air announced on Thursday that it’s opening a new base in the central Norwegian city of Trondheim, defying an expanding boycott against it. The airline is also doubling its planned number of domestic routes in Norway, before even getting off the ground. Wizz founder and CEO József Váradi conceded that his airline […]

Hurtigruten claims millions in state aid

Norway’s deeply troubled shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten reportedly expects to receive more than NOK 300 million in state aid, to compensate it for cancelled cruises during the Corona pandemic. The line’s management, meanwhile, has gone along with state demands that it no longer use one of its ships as a floating hotel on which crew […]

Record-long talks warded off strike

After a record 22 hours of negotiations in overtime, Norway’s largest trade union federation for industrial workers finally agreed on a new labour pact with the country’s largest industrial employers’ organization. The settlement averted a major strike that would have pulled 28,000 workers off the job. No one wanted a strike that would have further […]

Historic dive in industrial production

Norwegian industrial production continued to fall during the second quarter, down 5.6 percent compared to the same quarter last year. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reported that there hadn’t been such a decline recorded since 1990. SSB stressed that the decline was strongly linked to the Corona crisis that raged in all three months […]

Labour talks stalled at the very start

Norway’s most important annual labour negotiations had to be postponed last spring when the Corona crisis hit and the country shut down. When they finally resumed this week, the talks that set the tone for wage earners all over the country broke down after just an hour. “This year we have nothing to give,” claimed […]

Nurses want more than applause

Norwegian nurses been flattered by applause from the public, praise in the media and even a video greeting of gratitude last week from Queen Sonja. That doesn’t pay the rent, though, and Norway’s national nurses’ union isn’t ruling out a strike this fall if their pay growth declines. “We expect a wage settlement that reflects […]

May 1st appeals marched online

Norwegians were celebrating the equivalent of one of their strangest but arguably most creative May 1st Labour Day holidays ever on Friday. With traditional rallies and parades cancelled by the Corona virus threat, workers united online instead and labour leaders delivered digital appeals. The May Day holiday is often ignored by conservatives but cherished by […]

Salary levels now seem set to rise

Public sector workers scored the biggest pay raises in Norway last year, boosting expectations in the private sector as Norway’s highly organized annual labour negotiations get underway. A new survey of actual salary levels in a wide range of sectors and professions, meanwhile, indicates that oil sector bosses earn the most in Norway, and farmhands […]

Labour violations at Labour-led City Hall

Norway’s state labour authority (Arbeidstilsynet) is launching an investigation after reports of more than 15,000 violations of labour law at several city agencies in Oslo. All of them have been under the political control of the Greens Party’s high-profile politician Lan Marie Berg and the Labour Party-led Oslo city government. “We’re opening a case involving […]

Alternatives sought for EU agreement

Norway’s 25-year-old trade and policy pact with the EU survived yet another round of attacks from labour unions this week. The so-called EØS/EEA agreement remains subject, however, to a search for alternatives to it, through a compromise that came only after Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre was roundly scolded over his support for the deal. […]