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 […]

Unions brace for lower pay growth

Norway’s most powerful unions were gathering Tuesday to agree on their demands for collective bargaining this spring, amidst reports that wage growth in the country has fallen to its lowest level in more than 10 years. Gerd Kristiansen and the unions under the LO federation she leads look likely to accept much lower pay raises, if any at […]

Fewer Norwegians join labour unions

A new survey conducted by two of Norway’s major labour research institutions shows that fewer workers are joining labour unions. Only 37 percent of those working in the private sector were organized in 2013, an unusually low level in a social welfare state with strong labour traditions. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that the survey by research foundation Fafo and […]

Critics bite into union boss

It was not a good week for union boss Gerd Kristiansen, the tough-talking head of Norway’s largest labour federation LO. It started with attacks on her own high salary and ended with biting criticism over how she avoided high Norwegian dental prices by getting her teeth fixed in Hungary. The local dentists’ union was not smiling. “We have seen that the LO […]

Employer reps log high incomes

As employer representatives and labour leaders sat down this week to negotiate annual wage settlements for workers, their own incomes were under scrutiny as well. The leaders of Norway’s major employer organizations are paid much more than their counterparts in the labour movement. Debate flew in Norway on Monday after newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that […]

LO leader earns more than Erna

Gerd Kristiansen, leader of Norway’s largest trade union federation LO, earns more than Prime Minister Erna Solberg, according to a new survey of labour leaders’ pay conducted by newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). The million-kroner salaries paid to most all of Norway’s labour leaders were stirring discussion on Monday, just as annual pay negotiations for their members were getting […]

Union’s strike against union ends

One of the most unusual and awkward strikes in Norway was settled this week, after trade union confederation LO gave in to the demands of one of its own largest trade unions, Handel og Kontor. The strike had left LO in the role of an employer resisting its own members’ demands. LO is an umbrella organization […]

Workplace laws set for overhaul

The Norwegian government announced sweeping changes to workplace laws on Wednesday, which would allow more compulsory overtime, more work on Sundays, longer shifts and changes to temporary employment rules. Labour and Social Affairs Minister Robert Eriksson said the proposal aimed to create more flexibility in the changing labour market. “We see that the labour market […]

Temp workers face lower wages

The government announced on Tuesday it would introduce changes to laws requiring companies to treat temporary workers and permanent staff equally. It would mean employers could possibly pay temporary workers lower wages, under different working conditions. The business community has long campaigned for an exemption to the equal treatment principle, set out under the EU’s […]

Profits down after Dreamliner dramas

Norwegian Air reported a profit in 2013 for the seventh year running on Thursday, but takings were significantly down on previous years. Major problems setting up its new long-haul routes with trouble-plagued Boeing 787 Dreamliners led to a huge amount of customer complaints, and the budget carrier angered unions and other airlines over pay conditions […]