Norway - Electrical workers expand strike - October 31, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of electricity customers may be affected by a strike of electrical workers. The strike has been underway since talks broke down more than a month ago between four trade unions and municipal employers’ organisation KS Bedrift. Members of trade unions EL og IT Forbundet, Fagforbundet, Delta and Parat were first called off the job on 22 September 2016. The strike has been expanded since then and now, with 1,091 employees in 74 energy companies off the job, does it seriously threaten to result in electrical power failures, because many of those who maintain and repair power lines and stations are on strike. Companies affected by the strike serve around 380,000 of the 2.5 million electricity customers. The conflict is over how much compensatory time workers can take off after being on long duty shifts that can run for seven days in a row. The unions want to insert three compensation days into labour contracts, instead of the two days guaranteed under state labour law. The employers find that compensation exceeding benefits provided in labour law must be negotiated locally and not in a national agreement.


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