Norway -Union wins major court victory for foreign shipyard workers -March 6, 2013

A long lasting legal battle over equal pay for foreign workers in Norwegian shipyards was won by the trade union movement, as the country’s supreme court rules that foreign workers have the right to all entitlements in the collective agreement on equal terms with Norwegian workers. Shipyard employers have been hiring foreign, mainly central eastern European workers to perform work for lower wages. The current ruling foresees both in equal wages, as well as equal rights to other allowances like free board, housing and travel.



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