Norway - Deal prevents massive strike - April 30, 2018

The country’s employers’ organization NHO and two of the largest trade union confederations, LO and YS, made a deal preventing what would have been the first massive nationwide strike in 18 years. This years’ negotiations covered not only wages but all other aspects of labour contracts. The dispute primarily concerned proposed pension reforms. The first wave of negotiations involved the private sector, covering contracts between NHO and 28,900 employees who are members of LO and another 6,000 employees organised through YS. The main branches targeted included bus companies, food producers, media and ferry transport firms. Beside a 2.8% pay increase the workers preserved the right to retire early at an age of 62. Some adjustments were made to pensions for low-paid workers. The unions’ demand allowing workers to accrue pension contributions from the first krone they earn was not met.

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