Oct. 28, 2009 The Fagforbundet municipal union is calling for public sector unions to co-ordinate their pay claims next year with special negotiations over how to deal with pay inequality. Average pay in the public sector, where 70% of workers are women, is lower than in the private sector where 70% of the workers are men. The specially convened pay commission argued that around 3 billion kronor was needed to close the gender pay gap and Fagforbundet wants to see the unions get together following the main public sector negotiations next spring to work out how to deal with the issue. The union refers to the successful co-ordination over pensions early this year that stopped government plans to reduce pension benefits.Read more at > Fagforbundet (NO)
Sep. 12, 2009 Unions in the energy sector have managed to secure a change in the way that local pay increases are allocated. Several unions have argued that the local additions should be flat rates rather than percentage increases that benefit the higher paid more. A settlement was reached with the aid of the mediation office and a general increase of 925 Krone (€107) applies from 1 July. A committee has also been established to look at how the local wage negotiations will work in future.[Read more at > ELOGIT (NO)-> http://www.elogit.no/index.gan?id=11466&subid=0]
Aug. 12, 2009 The HRH commercial and services employers’ organization has called on the government to allow greater flexibility in working time in response to the impact of widespread flu infection across Norway. The organization claims that a flu epidemic could double the number of workers off sick and that employers need to be able to change shift arrangements at short notice. The Fagforbundet municipal union has rejected this arguing that there is enough flexibility in the current working time rules that allow for shift changes and overtime. The YS civil service union has also expressed surprise that HRH has raised the issue in this way rather than as part of the normal process of negotiation. Read more at > NRK news website (NO)
Jul. 02, 2009 This year’s 4.5% pay increase for municipal workers is the highest of the main industrial sectors in Norway. The increase was actually negotiated last year as part of a two-year agreement. The next highest increases came in business (4.4%) and health (4.0%), followed by central government (3.8%). Read more at > LO trade union news (NO)
Jun. 05, 2009 Planned strike action by public sector workers was called off when negotiations were finally concluded at 5am on 4 June. Unions were pleased with the outcome as it means that there are no major changes to the pensions arrangements in the public sector. Pay negotiations were also concluded with local government workers set to get 3.1% with a minimum increase of 9000 NOK a year.[Read more at > Fagforbundet (NO)-> http://www.frifagbevegelse.no/fagbladet/article4374683.ece] [And at > NTL (NO)-> http://www.ntl.no/portal/page/portal/PG_NTL_NO/ALLE_2008/Artikkelside?p_d_i=-1&p_d_c=&p_d_v=11832&p_d_i=-121&p_d_c=&p_d_v=11832 ]
Jun. 06, 2008 A pay settlement for workers in the municipal sector is out for ballot following strike action. Details of the deal will be circulated shortly. The result in the state sector is also out on a ballot among the membership. The recommended result is a yearly increase estimated at 6.1% with a general pay rise of between €2008 and €4016 per year or approx 7% for the lower pay grades and just under 4% for the highest. In addition to this general increase, 1% is set a side for wage regulation negotiations (July) and 1.3% for local negotiations. The local parties have to monitor the gender pay gap and negotiate to remove it. In addition there are improvements for older workers. From the age of 62 the employees have the right to eight days off without pay deduction and local negotiations can improve on this by up to six days. The ballot will be concluded on 23 June.
May. 23, 2008 Airport workers began strike action on 16 May in support of changes in their pay system. Over the following days some 400 workers, many with responsibilities for rescue and emergency services, in 13 airports around the country joined the action until a new agreement was negotiated late on 20 May. The agreement does not just provide for a higher pay increase overall but includes larger payments for working outside normal hours and at weekends. The general pay increase will be at least 19,000 Kr (€2,400) a year. Read more at > Aftenposten news (EN)And at > NTL (NO)And at > ELOGIT(NO)And at > LOSTAT (NO)
Apr. 09, 2008 Negotiations last week between Norwegian unions, the NHO employers' organisation and the government ended with a positive result for the trade unions as the government agreed to extra funding to continue to provide early retirement pensions. The official retirement age in Norway is 67 but workers can retire from 62 on a slightly reduced pension. The agreement ensures that workers still have this option as well as being able to continue working. The negotiations also resulted in a 5.6% pay increase covering mainly private sector workers, with higher increases for the lower paid. The collective agreements covered by the negotiations include the private sector nurses and healthcare agreement.Read more at > LO (EN)And at > Aftenposten news website (EN)
Mar. 26, 2008 Negotiations over reforms to the pension system broke down before Easter and a process of arbitration was due to start after the holidays. Employers are looking for changes to the current system that allows workers to retire up to five years earlier than the official retirement age of 67. Read more at > Aftenposten news website (EN)
Feb. 21, 2008 Unions in the public and private sector are gearing up for negotiations with the government next month over changes to the pension system. The current retirement age is 67 with the possibility of retirement from 62. The government wants to reduce the level of benefits paid out between 62 and 67 to discourage early retirement. An opinion poll indicates high levels of support for the current system.Read more at > Aftenposten (EN)
Nov. 18, 2006 Regulatory authorities in Norway are getting more funding to help them monitor wages and working conditions in sectors employing migrant workers, according to the EIRO industrial relations observatory. There is already legislation requiring compliance with Norwegian pay and conditions for migrant workers and further legislation is planned to help maintain standards. In particular, proposed regulations could be introduced to ensure that contracting companies make sure that the companies they use as sub-contractors comply with collective agreements.Read more at > EIRO (EN)
Aug. 28, 2006 The government has set up a commission of researchers to investigate the persistent gender pay gap, according to the EIRO industrial relations observatory. The commission will report its recommendations to the government by the end of March 2008. The social partners are not represented directly on the Commission but will be involved in the process through a consultative group. One issue the Commission will consider is whether legal changes are necessary to tackle the longstanding pay differences between occupations and industries traditionally seen as male and female.Read more at > EIRO (EN)
Jul. 17, 2006 Latest figures on collective bargaining and union membership indicate that all public sector workers are covered by collective agreements. This compares to about 60% in the private sector. Overall union density is about 53% of the workforce, a figure that has been stable since 2000 but is much higher in the public sector at 81%.Read more at > EIRO (EN)
Jul. 03, 2006 Our Norwegian affiliate, EL&IT, has sent us this report. Strike action began on 21 June after negotiations over a new pay agreement for the period 2006-2008 failed. Our main demands to the employers were:· Influence in local bargaining;· Regulations to prevent social dumping; and · Regulations when workers are travelling in their work (standards of sleeping, restrooms and so on.)The major problem that led to the strike has been that the employer denies us influence in local bargaining. The companies demand absolute control over which of our members shall be given a raise. We cannot accept this, and decided to take 1100 members out in strike. The companies that are involved are Skagerak Energy, Eidsiva Energy, Lyse Energy, Helgelandskraft an Agder Energy. The workers that are in strike includes also members of Fagforbundet. On Monday 3 July 1500 more members will be on strike. This includes the companies of BKK in Bergen, and Hafslund Energy in Oslo.
Aug. 18, 2005 The EIRO industrial relations observatory reports that unions and employers have agreed a new pension system for the private sector. At the moment the public sector retains its system that provides workers with a pension worth two-thirds of income at retirement. In contrast the private sector system will be adjusted according to life expectancy, prices and wages and pensions will not keep pace with average earnings.Read more at > EIRO