Long-running industrial action in the public sector has now been called off.
Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS), and Unio officials have said that employees in the municipalities will return to work on Wednesday when an agreement was reached after negotiations.
“The strike has given a boost for skilled workers in the municipalities with the addition of up to 18,800 kroner,” says chief negotiator Gunn Olander from YS in a statement.
The agreement means that municipality employees will see a pay increase of around 2.7 percent. Olander is also pleased that negotiations about weekend shifts have also been sucessful.
“No one is forced to work more than every third weekend, which has been an important principle for YS.”
Oslo municipality workers, who have held their own negotiations, are also going to return to work.
Meanwhile, air passengers face further misery following reports that airport security staff who are members of the Norwegian Union of General Workers (Norsk Arbeidsmandsforbund) are widening their strike today with another 450 personnel.
Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø, Haugesund, Ålesund, Kristiansund, Alta, Bodø, Sandnessjøen and Florø (offshore traffic only) have been affected so far.
Sandnessjøen and Førde airports are closed, with no outbound traffic from Kristiansund, Leknes, and Alta.
There is up to 30 minutes waiting time at Oslo Gardermoen. 50 personnel at Stavanger Sola have staged a walkout since the strike began last Friday.
Airports Authority Avinor communications director, Ove Narvesen, praises passengers, airlines, and staff in what he terms "a very challenging situation."
"We now sincerely hope that the parties agree a solution as soon as possible in a conflict that is hitting third parties unreasonably hard."
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