As minority Party Centre (Sp) squabbles over drinking times, threatened industrial action could hit breweries, buses, ferries, shipyards, and airports.
The warned strike is scheduled to start at 6am on Monday 8 April. Union officials have so far informed their members this is imminent if parties do not mange to agree by the Sunday evening deadline.
Unions are demanding a general one krone per hour increase, and two kroner per hour for those on low wages. Their opponents employers’ organisations have offered half that.
The Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), Norway’s largest, declares the strike danger as real, reports Aftenposten.
LO defines people on low pay as those who are only earning 85 per cent of the average industry wage.
State number cruncher Statistics Norway (SSB), predicts the median domestic wage will rise to NOK 462,000 this year.
Mid and eastern Norway will bear the brunt of the main impact of industrial action. 1,000 bus drivers and 178 ferry personnel have so far been informed that they might be striking from Monday morning.
27 seven factories which are owned by twelve breweries have also been informed that the walkout is imminent.
Any long-term strike action may mean stocks of beer and other fizzy drinks would run dry after about two weeks, according to Dagsavisen.
Brewers last struck in 2004.