Norwegian Union of General Workers (Norsk Arbeidsmandsforbund) officials say they are to call 1,800 members out on strike, Friday, following a collapse in pay talks.
149 security personnel at Oslo Gardermoen Airport and 40 at Stavanger Sola Airport will stage a walkout from 20:00 local time this evening. Bergen Flesland, Trondheim Værnes, and Tromsø Langnes will also be hit.
Passengers are advised to allow at least one extra hour before departure and expect long queues. It is unclear whether the move will lead to any flight cancellations.
Moreover, the union’s first phase strike action affects other security staff, armoured car transports, cash machines, toll roads, and emergency alarm centres.
Its members also provide services at Oslo District Courthouse. No decision has been made regarding processing any applicable dispensation application submission concerning Anders Behring Breivik’s trial.
Other workers’ organisation Parat, says none of their members at Oslo Gardermoen or Rygge airports will be staging industrial action after reaching an agreement with employer NHO (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) 14 hours past the negotiation deadline.
Each member will receive a general eight kroner per hour increase. Airport security personnel are to be given another 2.50 kroner per hour to reflect their duty-related competence.
“We have succeeded in our demands for an extra weighting for security staff at airports, despite considerable opposition,” Parat negotiations leader Lars-Petter Larsen declares in a statement.
NHO has also heeded calls for 14 days notice of a change in duty rosters.
“This means a lot to our members. Until now, changes could take place with only 7 days notice, which has made it difficult for our members to plan their leisure time,” says Mr Larsen.
The new pay deal will give pay rises of between 15,500 and 24,500 kroner per year.
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