Norway -State sector strikes end, leaving unions divided -June 8, 2012

After trade unions LO and YS reached a settlement with the government negotiator, the second biggest trade union confederation, Unio, has not ended its strike in favour of a voluntary binding arbitration process. LO and YS settled on a 4% wage increase earlier in June, after a one week strike, when Unio refused the offer. Calling even more workers to the street including the Union of Education Norway, the strike raged on for another week. While Unio blames the other unions for withdrawing too early, state claims the union demands were unrealistic from the start and several union sources report Unio was looking for escalation in the strike. In the voluntary arbitration process, Unio workers will likely reach the same settlement as the other unions.

English: http://www.newsinenglish.no/2012/06/08/all-state-workers-finally-back-at-work/

http://www.tnp.no/norway/panorama/2959-strike-in-norway-is-partially-over;

http://www.ei-ie.org/en/news/news_details/2181

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