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 […]

New strike threat looms at SAS

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is facing more turbulence this spring, just a year after striking pilots grounded most all flights in and out of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Now it’s SAS’ flight attendants who want more predictable work schedules and higher pay, and their current contract expires on March 31. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) warned its […]

Next train strike to threaten rush hour

Angry Norwegian railroad workers are threatening to halt Norway’s trains once again, if the government doesn’t postpone implementation of the latest package of EU rail directives. Now the striking workers aim to halt trains in the middle of an afternoon commuter rush period. A two-hour political strike last week halted trains all over the country, […]

Political strike halts trains nationwide

Railway employees all over Norway walked off the job for two hours on Thursday, to protest implementation of the latest package of EU rules and requirements. The strike not only brought all train traffic to a standstill but was also expected to lead to cancellations and delays throughout the day. Members of employees’ organizations Norsk Lokomotiv-mannsforbund […]

Low-paid hospital staff go out on strike

Mediation broke down during the night between hospital administrators and unions representing mostly non-medical hospital personnel who’ve been seeking better pensions. The unions thus pulled nearly 500 hospital workers out on strike from Wednesday morning. “We think it’s bloody unfair that the lowest-paid personnel in (Norwegian state-run) hospitals aren’t able to get pension benefits based […]

Teachers’ strikes averted, another launched

UPDATED: All-night negotiations led to a settlement between 21 Norwegian municipalities and their teachers on Friday. A strike threat among state employees and teachers at high schools and colleges was also later averted, but 140 employees of the City of Oslo were called off the job Friday morning. Striking workers at Oslo City Hall include […]

Crown Prince backs climate strikes

Thousands of Norwegian school students were mounting demonstrations around the country again on Friday, to demand that politicians do more to stop climate change. Now they’ve won the support of Crown Prince Haakon, who told a German magazine this week that he thinks the school climate strikes taking place around the world are “enormously important.” […]

SAS best at compensating

Unhappy passengers of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), whose travel was disrupted by the recent SAS pilots’ strike, may be encouraged by the results of a new survey. It ranks SAS as the best of 72 airlines in terms of compensating passengers when things go wrong. They went very wrong indeed when SAS pilots in Scandinavia went […]

Strike hit SAS and its customers hard

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), all but grounded by a recent pilots’ strike, is reporting double-digit declines in traffic and passengers for the month of April, with heavy losses expected as well. Customers, meanwhile, have filed a record number of complaints and most still haven’t received compensation for disrupted travel. The recent week-long strike by SAS’ pilots […]

SAS and its pilots finally end strike

It was likely to take a few days before Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) would be flying on schedule again, but some flights were at least due to start taking off on Friday. SAS pilots ended their strike late Thursday night after finally accepting a new three-year deal. Their reported demand for a 13 percent pay raise […]