Norway - Deal in industry averts strike - April 30, 2016

The main industrial trade union Fellesforbundet reached a wage deal with employers, averting a strike affecting more than 26,000 workers. The deal with the employers’ Federation of Norwegian Industries (Norsk Industri) came some 12 hours after a self-imposed deadline had passed. The outcome of the talks sets a benchmark for negotiations for other workers, including those in service industries and the public sector. Wage negotiations for the major oil unions have not yet started. A key part of the deal was extending the time workers who have lost their jobs can receive unemployment benefits from 30 weeks to 52 weeks. The right-wing government agreed to the change, despite being against such a move ahead of the talks. In return, the parties agreed a moderate growth in wages of 2.4 percent overall.

English: http://www.euronews.com/business-newswires/3175222-norway-union …   

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