Unions are condemning their brothers in arms for accepting a pay offer from employer Oslo municipality whilst over 50,000 others are on strike.
Norway’s Federation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne) and NUMGE’s (Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees) – the largest branch in LO (Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions) said yes to the 3.96 percent deal, Wednesday.
NUMGE Oslo has now suspended its industrial action, whilst the situation for remaining NUMGE LO public sector workers, YS (Confederation of Vocational Unions), Unio, and LO state sector personnel is still deadlocked. Akademikerne is taking pause regarding the other council districts, and still negotiating with the state.
The package comprises money of 1.4 percent set aside for local negotiations, and a 2.78 pay increase for all – meaning a minimum of 10,750 kroner per year.
Commending Oslo municipality for “a constructive mediation”, negotiation leader Jan Olav Birkenhagen says, “Akademikerne has obtained a breakthrough for requirements regarding local wage schemes.”
“In addition, the general pot of money for local negotiations involving everyone is now sizeable. This is why we have agreed to the mediation draft,” he continues.
Unio Oslo deputy leader Silje Naustvik says LO Oslo’s move in a matter that both they and YS chose to stage a walkout over has surprised them, stating, “It must be a paradox for LO that LO Oslo has accepted an offer that the rest of working Norway are on strike for.”
She is joined by Martin Moen, leader for YS Oslo. “It’s incomprehensible that LO accepted the employers' offers in Oslo when it violates the principles all workers are strike for in the remaining municipalities in Norway.”
He also censures NUMGE LO for agreeing to deal which effectively opens for working more than every third weekend.
“Our members who work shifts state clearly that ‘this is enough’.”
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