Major appeal court victory for care workers


The Fagforbundet public service union is celebrating an important victory in the appeal court for 22 of its members in a case taken against the Stendi (formerly Aleris) care company. The ruling means that the workers were falsely categorised as “consultants” rather than employees and so were denied key employment rights such as holiday and pension entitlement. The union believes that the judgement will have important implications for the private care sector and is urging the NHO employers’ organisation to ensure that its members note the ruling and end the practice of classifying some workers as “consultants”. Stendi was ordered to pay the workers NOK 24.1 (EUR 2.3m) in compensation and to cover the court costs of NOK 17.5m (EUR 1.7m).

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