Norway - Plea for tackling gender pay gap - October 23, 2009

The Fagforbundet municipal union is calling for public sector unions to co-ordinate their pay claims next year with special negotiations over how to deal with pay inequality. Average pay in the public sector, where 70% of workers are women, is lower than in the private sector where 70% of the workers are men. The specially convened pay commission argued that around 3 billion kronor (Euro 360 million) will be needed to close the gender pay gap. Fagforbundet wants to see the unions get together following the main public sector negotiations next spring to work out how to deal with the issue. The union refers to the successful co-ordination over pensions early this year that stopped government plans to reduce pension benefits.




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