Government halts nurses’ strike

Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie of the Conservative Party felt compelled on Tuesday to order compulsory arbitration in a wage conflict between private health care firms and striking nurses. That will also halt a lockout Wednesday that would have prohibited all nurses at targeted facilities from going to work. The national nurses’ union (Norsk Sykepleierforbund) had […]

NHO imposes lockout against striking nurses

National employers’ organization NHO took the unusual step on Thursday of declaring a lockout against striking nurses at privately run health care facilities. The nurses have been on strike since October 25, and now accuse NHO of trying to force public authorities to end the strike. Local or state authorities can step in if life […]

Strike spread to more oil platforms

A strike by workers on several offshore oil platforms spread this week with no settlement in sight. More thn 3,000 workers have been pulled off the job, in a strike that’s now significantly cutting into oil and gas production. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that around 1,500 platform workers who aren’t a part of the conflict […]

Offshore strike hits nine oil platforms

The large labour organization representing offshore oil platform workers, Safe, failed to come to terms over pensions with the organization representing oil platform- and shipowner, Rederiforbundet. The union therefore called 669 of its members working on nine rigs out on strike during the night. News bureau NTB reported that negotiations extended for more than an […]

Airport strike threat delayed until fall

Passengers flying out on summer holidays could breathe a sigh of relief Friday morning. Mediators of a conflict between airport management and emergency crews recommended a “pause” in negotiations, with a new strike deadline set for midnight on September 4. “It was absolutely out of consideration for passengers that made us decide it was better […]

Technicians call off airport strike threat

The first of two possible strikes at Norwegian airports this week was averted during the night. State mediators were involved, but a representative for the workers claimed the two sides hammered out a settlement themselves. After five hours of negotiations in overtime, the union representing technicians and mechanics (Norsk Flytekniker Organisasjon, NFO) came to terms […]

Strikes may hit airports

Mediation was beginning this week in an effort to ward off strikes by labour organizations representing emergency crews and technicians at Norwegian airports. The workers haven’t been willing to go along with demands for changes in pension plans. In the event of a strike by emergency crews, Stavanger’s airport (Lufthavn Sola) will likely close since […]

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 […]

Strike over in finance sector

Around 1,200 workers in the banking and finance sector ended their week-long strike Tuesday evening, after representatives for employers at Finans Norge and Norway’s largest trade union confederation LO came to terms. LO claimed it had prevailed in its demands. LO had called the strike, which mostly affected the SpareBank1 chain, even after the vast […]