NHO and LO bosses back Oslo Olympics

The leaders of both Norway’s largest employer and union groups, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (Næringslivets Hovedorganisasjon, NHO) and the Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen i Norge, LO), have thrown their support behind Oslo’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. While neither organization has an official stance on the hosting bid, both leaders said the […]

LO leader accused of ‘bullying’ moms

The new head of Norway’s largest trade union federation (LO) is being accused of “bullying” women in Norway who choose to work part-time. Gerd Kristiansen claims that mothers who work part-time are “using the mother’s role as an excuse” to stay at home, and that’s “not good for the country.” Kristiansen, who launched into working […]

State workers get big pay rise

Government employees at the national and local authority level have received 4 and 4.3 percent wage increases respectively after the close of the annual round of pay negotiations between unions and employees. Four federations of trade unions – Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen, LO), the Confederation of Vocational Unions (Yrkesorganisasjonenes Sentralforbund, YS), the Confederation […]

State unions to demand higher wages

Trade unions representing 130,000 state employees and 338,500 workers in local authorities have indicated that they will not accept a lower pay rise than their private sector counterparts in anticipation of wage negotiations set to start at 10:00 on Wednesday 27th April. State workers at both the national and local level will see their union […]

Norwegian workers’ wages increased

Representatives of Norway’s employers and workers have reached an agreement in their annual wage negotiations – with 200,000 private sector workers in industry, construction and some service industries guaranteed a national wage increase of NOK 2 (USD 0.36) per hour. The Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen, LO) and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (Næringslivets […]

National wage negotiations begin

The annual round of pay-related negotiations between Norway’s trade union federations and the national employers’ organization begins this week, with both sides hoping to reach a negotiated agreement before the April 1 deadline. Norwegian media were predicting a relatively calm negotiation period between the Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen, LO) and the Confederation of […]

Festive May Day despite chilly rain

Thousands of champions of Norway’s social welfare state defied cold, wet weather on Saturday to march through the streets and celebrate the working folks. May 1st may simply be a flowery “May Day” elsewhere, but in Norway it’s an important, traditional tribute to organized labour. Flags adorned the streets and flew all around City Hall […]