Industrial agreement sets clear marker for public sector negotiations

Norway

The Fagforbundet trade union reports that the outcome of negotiations in the industrial sector which delivered a central pay rise of 5.2% and extra benefits for the lower paid, provides a good basis for negotiations in the public sector. Fagforbundet is particularly focused on ensuring that all workers in the public sector get a good increase and that those with the least receive the most. The industry deal marks the end of a trend of several years of declining real wages in manufacturing. The 5.2% increase is ahead of the expected rise in prices of 4.1%. Industrial unions have also won an important victory on education and training to ensure that workers can maintain and improve their expertise. The state will also contribute funds to help guarantee that employees have the right to time off with pay for courses and other competence-enhancing measures.

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