May. 25, 2017 (May 2017) Trade unions representing childcare workers in the private sector have negotiated a new pay agreement which is in line with the municipal sector. Overall worth about 2.4% the agreement includes a 2% increase on minimum rates taking the lowest pay rate to NOK 295900 a year (around EUR 31650). The agreement covers over 26000 workers in more than 1700 workplaces. Meanwhile a strike over pensions in the Akasia group of kindergartens went into its fourth week at the end of May with more workers joining the strike. Equality of pension provision for men and women is a key demand.
Apr. 13, 2017 (April 2017) Workers employed by a range of companies providing private and public services, including health and social care, are set to benefit from a new pay deal negotiated with the Spekter employers' organisation. There will be a basic increase of NOK 975 (EUR 110) a year with an additional NOK 2925 (EUR 320) for employees earning less than NOK 407265 (EUR 44820). In addition to these general increases there will be local pay rises that will be negotiated in the weeks up to the beginning of May.
Feb. 27, 2017 (March 2017) The LO confederation has called for work for all and fair distribution as unoins gear up for the 2017 bargaining round that will focus on pay. Fagforbundet, one of the main LO affiliates, has called for a real increase following last year's average 2.4% pay rise which left many workers worse off as inflation reached 3.2%. In tune with the message from the ETUC's pay rise campaign, Mette Nord, head of Fagforbundet and one of EPSU vice-presidents underlined the need for a pay rise that would benefit both workers and the economy.
Feb. 08, 2017
Board of Norwegian Nurses Organisation visit EPSU to address key EU health sector initiatives and priorities
Members of the Norwegian Nurses Organisation and EPSU policy staff unwind after a fruitful meeting which set out key EU regulatory and legislative initiatives and their likely impact on Europe’s health sector and health systems.
Dec. 20, 2016 (December 2016) Public services union Fagforbundet reports that from 1 January 2017 Oslo City Council will take over the running of care homes previously run by the Norlandia company. Since the contract for the homes was outsourced workers' pay has fallen behind comparable rates in the public sector. The return to municipal control means care workers will see pay rises of 40000-50000 NOK per year (EUR 4430-5530).
Nov. 23, 2016 (November 2016) Energy unions have agreed a new collective agreement and ended their strike over rest periods. The new collective agreement increases minimum wage rates and allows for local bargaining around a 2.4% pay increase. The strike was over an attempt by the employers' organisation to reduce rest periods for workers who have been on call. In the end it was agreed to negotiate this at company level where the unions are positive about maintaining the appropriate rest periods.
Oct. 07, 2016 (October 2016) Energy unions have stepped up their industrial action against the KS employers' organisation as they attempt to fight off plans to cut rest days from three to two following seven-day periods on stand-by. The unions argue that maintaining the grid network is demanding work and the rest period is crucial to enable workers to recuperate. The intenfication of the strike action may lead to power cuts but the unions will ensure emergency provision where necessary.
Oct. 06, 2016
EPSU’s Standing Committee on Utilities strongly supports Norwegian energy sector’s industrial action
(5 October 2016) EPSU’s Standing Committee on Utilities meeting today in Brussels voted unanimously to strongly support the industrial actions currently underway in the Norwegian Energy sector.
Sep. 22, 2016 (September 2016) The NSF nurses' union has said it supports the strike action by doctors and psychologists who are in dispute with the Spekter employers' organisation over work plans and rotas. The strike action, coordinated by the Akademikerne federation, began on 7 September and has been stepped up four times since then. Trade unions are concerned that the move by employers is not only a threat to workers' health and safety as well as the quality of service to patients but also reflects a broader attempt to individualise workplace relations.
Aug. 16, 2016 (August 2016) The NSF nurses' union is hoping that mediation will resolve its dispute with the NHO Service private employers' organisation. The NSF is concerned that the pay and conditions offered by NHO Service employers are falling behind those in the public sector, with pay rises in particular failing to keep up with those negotiated with the KS public sector employers' organisation. NHO Service did not respond to the NSF's claims at the latest negotiations and so mediation is due to take place at the end of August. If the mediation is unsuccesful then the NSF will conside strike action from 2 September. Read more at NSF (NO).
Feb. 29, 2016 Unions are setting out the priorities for the forthcoming bargaining round. For public services union Fagforbundet, equal pay continues to be an urgent demand and the union is looking for pay deals that deliver for sectors dominated by women workers. It also wants action to tackle low pay with a particular concern that low-paid workers may be missing out from local negotiations that benefit other workers more. The union is also looking for pensions improvements and in particular ensuring that pension entitlement is built up from day one of employment. Fagforbundet is concerned that the government's encouragement of temporary work will have an impact on pensions.Read more at > Fagforbundet (NO)
Aug. 14, 2015 Public sector unions are campaigning to get local authorities to agree not to take advantage of the new Work Environment Act which relaxes rules on the use of temporary contracts. So far over 40 local authorities have made the commitment and it has also become an issue in local elections with social democratic and other parties saying they will also ignore the new law if they win power.Read more at > Fagforbundet (NO)
Jul. 30, 2015 The Fagforbundet trade union is attempting to negotiate a new pension scheme covering theatre, ballet, opera and orchestra workers. The current defined benefit scheme is too expensive and the union has put forward a hybrid scheme, combining elements of both defined contribution and defined benefit schemes, that will also ensure equal pension entitlement between men and women. The union is surprised that the Spekter employers' organisation is unwilling to negotiate on this basis and is looking to change to a defined contribution scheme.Read more at > Fagforbundet (NO)
Jan. 27, 2015 The three national trade union confederations called a national political strike on 28 January in protest at government plans to weaken important elements of the Work Environment Act. Along with the strike action, the confederations organised demonstrations in hundreds of towns and cities across the country. The unions are concerned about four key changes: telaxation of the rules on temporary contracts; an increase in the limits on contractual overtime; a change in the treatment of working on Sunday so that it becomes almost a normal working day; and removal of the right to take collective actions to the courts, leaving unions only the option to take individual cases.Read more at > EPSU (EN)And at > campaign website (NO)
Sep. 30, 2014 Strike action in the energy sector has been avoided following arbitration to resolve a dispute over pay and pensions. The new agreement sees pay generally rise by NOK 2195 (€270) with a 3.3% increase on the minimum wage in the sector. The main issue in the dispute was pensions and the question as to whether local arrangements could be agreed on pensions. The agreement involves setting up a committee to look into how this will be incorporated into the sector agreement.Read more at > EL&IT (NO)And at > Fagforbundet (NO)