‘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 […]

Brokers earn most, then oil workers

Annual wage talks got underway this week, right after the traditional handshake between the leaders of Norway’s largest labour and employer organizations. Negotiations begin amidst debate over pay gaps and household income differences in Norway, and after an eye-opening survey that ranked monthly paychecks in the country’s most- and least-lucrative professions. “This year it’s our […]

Labour talks fail, strike threatened

Negotiations over new labour contracts between Norway’s national employers’ organization NHO and the two large trade union federations LO and YS broke down on Thursday. Now it’s up to the national mediator to avoid a major strike in the private sector. “We’ve been negotiating for nearly 14 days,” said LO leader Hans-Christian Gabrielsen. “We have […]

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 […]

Many defy call for pay ‘moderation’

The most powerful officials in Norway’s labour market gathered this week and agreed that “moderation” will continue to be the buzzword in wage and salary talks this spring. Executive pay, meanwhile, and even the salaries of some political leaders have risen to a level that’s anything but moderate, by Norwegian standards. Top business leaders in Norway are now paid […]

Lowest wage growth in 16 years

Average monthly wages grew by just 1.6 percent in September, the last month for which data was collected and analyzed by state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). It was the smallest increase registered so far in the 2000s, reported news bureau NTB. Average monthly pay in all sectors nationwide was set at NOK 43,300 (USD 5,280), […]

Wage talks postponed after helicopter crash

Negotiations between oil industry employers and unions representing oil industry workers were supposed to begin on Monday, but both sides have decided to postpone them. Neither felt it was right to talk about pay and benefits just two days after workers being flown home from a North Sea rig were killed when their helicopter crashed […]

Mediator fended off major strike

UPDATED: National mediator Nils Dalseide managed to ward off a major strike on Sunday that would have disrupted operations at around 800 industrial firms in Norway from Monday morning. Dalseide, with the help of the Norwegian government, hammered through an agreement more than 12 hours after the strike deadline passed at midnight. The negotiations in overtime came […]