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. […]

Foreign bus invasion rolls over Norway

Norway’s summer tourist season is far from over, even though most Norwegians are back in school and at work. Along with the hordes of foreign tourists still in the country this summer are foreign tour buses that are all but driving Norwegian tour bus operators off the roads. Newspaper Aftenposten reported recently about all the […]

Støre ‘ready’ to take over government

His Labour Party is falling in the polls and his personal popularity is low. Labour leader Jonas Gahr Støre has nonetheless confirmed that he stands ready to take over as Norway’s prime minister if Erna Solberg’s government coalition crashes because of disagreement over road tolls. Labour is always prepared to assume government responsibility if it’s […]

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 […]