Norwegian convicted for exploiting foreign worker

A court in Bergen has sentenced the owner of a coastal fishing and recreation center to 60 days i prison and ordered him to pay NOK 300,000 in compensation to a Latvian women who worked at the center for half a year without pay, any job contract or legal work schedules. Inspectors from the state […]

Strike shutdowns incite union fury

Norway’s conservative government acted again this week to shut down remaining strikes by thousands of nurses, teachers and other public sector workers around Norway. They claimed the strikes put life and health at risk, but disgusted strikers and their leaders claim it’s all a sham to force them back to work and accept the same […]

Thousands more head out on strike

More than 20,000 public sector employees, many of them teachers and nurses, are now on strike in Norway after municipal employers refused to take the initiative for renewed negotiations. The teachers and nurses especially can claim public support even after, or perhaps because of, a difficult Corona year. Many schools and day care centers all […]

Strike among state workers averted

Intense mediation managed to avert a strike among state employees on Thursday after 17 hours of negotiations. Four major trade union federations agreed to accept raises of between 2.7 and 2.8 percent. Weary state mediator Mats Ruland managed to strike a deal between state employers and the trade union federations Akademikerne, LO Stat, Unio and […]

2.7% pay raises helped avert strike

Marathon mediation through the weekend finally warded off a major strike in Norway that would have pulled more than 30,000 workers off the job and distrupted ferry- and bus service around the country. The breakthrough came after Norwegian national employers’ organization NHO gave up a controversial claim that would have resulted in a loss of […]

Annual wage talks off to a rough start

NEWS ANALYSIS: Fury, frustration and sorrow preceded the ceremonial start of annual wage talks on Wednesday between Norway’s largest trade union federation LO and national employers organization NHO. Prospects for strikes this spring are high, even in the midst of the pandemic, after NHO’s leader demanded that workers accept an actual decline in purchasing power even […]

Shock and sorrow after LO boss dies

Top Norwegian politicians from left to right were mourning the sudden death on Tuesday of the country’s largest trade union federation’s leader, Hans-Christian Gabrielsen. The LO boss is believed to have suffered a massive heart attack while sleeping, at the age of 53. “Hans-Christian didn’t wake up this morning,” Peggy Hessen Følsvik, LO’s deputy leader, […]

Commuters return despite third wave

A sudden sharp rise in Corona infection, not least among workers at some construction sites in Oslo, is prompting Norwegian health officials to brace for a third wave of the virus. The government nonetheless intends to open borders to those living in Sweden or Finland and needing to commute daily to jobs in Norway. After […]

Norway over-reliant on foreign workers

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s over-reliance on relatively low-paid foreign workers in a variety of industries, not least fishing, has become glaringly apparent during the Corona crisis. It has also contributed to the demise of the working class in Norway, and may explain why the Labour Party has been losing voters for years. Problems first started literally […]

Wizz Air shuts new Trondheim base

Cut-rate carrier Wizz Air is already closing the new base it set up in Trondheim last fall. The move comes just a few turbulent months after its entry into Norway’s domestic market was met by labour complaints, regulatory challenges and what the airline itself claims are organized boycotts. Wizz Air officials told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv […]