Norway - Equal pay key in demands of state sector unions - April 29, 2010

The three trade unions representing around 100,000 employees in the state sector, LO Stat, YS Stat and Unio, have set out their main demands for this year’s collective bargaining round. Equal pay is a key element, with a call for 0.25% of the wage bill to be set aside as to deal with the 8% gender pay gap. YS Stat is arguing for workers to be put on a higher pay grade when they return from parental leave to ensure that time away from work does not impact on their progression up the pay scale. Unions are also concerned to keep up with pay in the private sector, where average pay is around 10% higher than in the public sector.




This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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