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. […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Labour unions try to boost membership

Less than half of all workers in Norway are now represented by labour unions. The country’s largest trade union federations are teaming up for the first time to try to reverse the trend and organize more employees. “We all agree that a strong labour movement is important for good social development,” Ragnhild Lied, leader of […]

Members quit LO over Israel boycott

Norway’s largest trade union confederation LO has never seen so many members leave the organization because of disagreement over a single politial issue. In this case it’s LO’s recent controversial majority vote to boycott Israel that’s prompted more than 100 people to dump their membership in LO unions. News bureau ANB reported this week that the single largest […]

New union boss takes command

He’s already being called one of Norway’s most powerful persons: Hans-Christian Gabrielsen is the new leader of the country’s largest trade union confederation LO, responsible for around 900,000 union members in Norway, spread over 25 labour federations. That gives him lots of clout in a country where organized labour has deep traditions and commands respect. Gabrielsen […]

Overall pay growth lowest since the war

Higher prices in Norway cut into the modest pay raises received by Norwegian workers last year. That led to a large decline in purchasing power that labour unions want to correct this year. After the last two years of economic downturn and lots of job cuts in the important oil and offshore industries, both labour […]

Color Line sails into choppy seas

The Norwegian cruise-ferry company Color Line has run into some choppy seas over its own efforts to chop crewing costs. The government is offering to ease costly regulations by allowing two of Color Line’s vessels to switch flags to the more liberal Norwegian International Ships (NIS) Registry, but labour unions are complaining that as many as 700 workers on […]

Unions march ahead in troubled times

SEE THE VIDEO: Norway’s labour movement attracted thousands of supporters on May 1st who turned out for rallies and parades around the country. In Oslo, an estimated 10,000 marched through the city, backed by membership growth spurred by labour conflicts and rising unemployment. May Day 2016 in Oslo from newsinenglish.no on Vimeo. As at other rallies […]