Norway - Agreement on national standard for all train drivers - November 30, 2016

Train drivers returned to work after a four-week strike when the government agreed to joint union and employer demands for a national standard for all train drivers. The government agreed to develop the national standard with the involvement of the unions and the trade organisation. A trade organisation for railway companies will be immediately set up by law, with mandatory membership for all companies with safety certificates on the network. The locomotive drivers’ regulations will be made more specific and the employers – Norwegian State Railways (NSB) and CargoNet – have committed not to change the existing training programmes before the new standard is developed. During mediation the NSB had strongly rejected the union’s proposal along these lines.

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