May Day launched election campaigns

Thousands of Norwegians turned out all over the country for traditional workers’ rallies and parades on their May 1st Labour Day holiday. Top city officials in Oslo, meanwhile, used the occasion to launch their political campaigns for re-election this fall. “Dear comrades!” bellowed Raymond Johansen from the podium at Youngstorget, a central square in Oslo […]

‘Real’ pay raises avert major strike

Trade union boss Hans-Christian Gabrielsen was claiming “one of the best settlements we’ve had for many, many years” on Monday, after employers’ organization NHO finally agreed to wage hikes of 3.2 percent after 14 hours of negotiations in overtime. The raise comes, though, at a time when executives at NHO member companies are raking in […]

Wage talks break down already

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 […]

Storm builds around Norway’s EU deal

Complaints from some of Norway’s biggest labour organizations, combined with no small dose of Norwegian populism, have been fueling dissatisfaction over Norway’s trade deal with the EU. Debate has been fueled by both uncertainty over Brexit and new questions over whether Norway should simply join the EU after all, and thus gain a stronger voice […]

Two big unions merge

Leaders of two of Norway’s largest labour unions have agreed to merge. Together they will represent around 160,000 workers in the transport, construction, hotel, restaurant and automobile sectors. Fellesforbundet was already Norway’s second-largest trade union federation, with around 140,000 members. It was established in 1988 when the Norwegian iron and metalworkers’ union merged with the […]

Utøya aid sought as Labour toughens up

Norway’s Stoltenberg family was grateful for all the flowers and impressive attendance at Labour Party patriarch Thorvald Stoltenberg’s funeral last week, but they suggested another memorial gift as well: financial donations to a democracy project on the island of Utøya, where 69 young Labour supporters were murdered seven years ago. Jens Stoltenberg was also back […]

SAS admits it sold too many seats

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has carried out the same over-sell tactics that got its arch rival Norwegian Air in big trouble last summer: selling more seats on more flights than the airline had crews to operate. SAS director Lars Sandahl Sørensen admitted on Friday that the airline was “too ambitious” when it planned its summer route […]

Air ambulance pilots agree to fly

The labour organization representing pilots in Norway, Norsk Flygerforbund, has reached an agreement with the new operator of the country’s air ambulance service. Conflicts remain between operator Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance and aircraft technicians, so the air ambulances still face groundings. News bureau NTB reported that the pilots and Babcock settled their differences after late-night negotiations […]

State mediator’s death mourned

Tributes were pouring in this week for Nils Terje Dalseide, the state mediator who has helped ward off many major strikes during the past 14  years. Dalseide died suddenly late last week, right at the end of a demanding spring negotiating season. No cause of death was immediately revealed but Dalseide, age 65, reportedly had […]

NRK workers go on strike

Around 1,700 employees of Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) were called out on strike from 1pm on Tuesday, a move that will result in far less broadcasting of news and public affairs in Norway. The strike comes right before Norway’s Constitution Day on the 17th of May, when NRK normally broadcasts coverage of celebrations all over the […]