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Bus strike averted. Arbitration to try to avert a bus strike in Norway has been successful. Unions say today's threatened bus strike will now not be taking place following agreement on a new pay deal 11 hours past the negotiation deadline. Bus drivers are now to receive an increase of 21,000 kroner, with a further rise of 14,000 next year, putting main annual salaries at about 380,000 then 394,000 kroner, respectively. State mediator Nils Dalseide held talks with four unions, including the Transport Workers Union (NTF) and Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE), and employers associations NHO Transport and Spekter. There was a real danger that bus drivers would begin a walkout on Monday morning. If a strike had taken place, it would have been the first to hit the bus industry in 14 years with Stavanger and Drammen being among the places among the hardest hit.

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Bus strike averted

Published on Sunday, 20th May, 2012 at 22:05 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 21st May 2012 at 06:24.

Arbitration to try to avert a bus strike in Norway has been successful.

Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus in Oslo
Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus in Oslo
Photo: Kjetil Ree/Wikimedia Commons


Unions say today's threatened bus strike will now not be taking place following agreement on a new pay deal 11 hours past the negotiation deadline. Bus drivers are now to receive an increase of 21,000 kroner, with a further rise of 14,000 next year, putting main annual salaries at about 380,000 then 394,000 kroner, respectively.

State mediator Nils Dalseide held talks with four unions, including the Transport Workers Union (NTF) and Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE), and employers associations NHO Transport and Spekter.

There was a real danger that bus drivers would begin a walkout on Monday morning. If a strike had taken place, it would have been the first to hit the bus industry in 14 years with Stavanger and Drammen being among the places among the hardest hit.

Pay demands were for an increase of about 30,000 kroner, with unions stating that employers had not fulfilled pre-agreed conditions from five years ago aimed at closing the wage gap between transport and industrial sector workers.

The original deadline for negotiations had been set for Monday, but was moved to 16:00 Sunday afternoon. Failure to reach an agreement would have meant approximately 2,500 transport workers being called out on strike.



Published on Sunday, 20th May, 2012 at 22:05 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 21st May 2012 at 06:24.

This post has the following tags: norwaybusstrike, transportworkerswalkoutnorway.





  
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