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Cleaners go on strike. Offices and public buildings hit. A pay row has brought 1,510 cleaners out on strike, after talks between employers and Norsk Arbeidsmandsforbund broke down just past midnight today. Union head Erna Hagensen says the National Federation of Service Industries’ (NHO Service) offer was so bad, it was impossible for them to recommend their members accept it.

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Cleaners go on strike

Published on Thursday, 20th May, 2010 at 08:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

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A pay row has brought 1,510 cleaners out on strike, after talks between employers and Norsk Arbeidsmandsforbund broke down just past midnight today.

Union head Erna Hagensen says the National Federation of Service Industries’ (NHO Service) offer was so bad, it was impossible for them to recommend their members accept it.

“Some say they’ve been given a three percent rise, other 3.5 percent. We didn’t get either. Those who earn the least are those who are worst paid,” she says.

NHO Service’s proposal also didn’t contain any offer of a minimum wage guarantee.

The strike means lavatories won’t be cleaned, rubbish bins won’t be emptied, and the indoor climate in offices and shopping centres will also deteriorate.

Amongst businesses affected by the strike are NRK, the University of Oslo, and Telenor, and the walkout will be the first for 24 years.

“It’s now time for cleaners to show what they mean to Norwegian society,” says Hagensen.



Published on Thursday, 20th May, 2010 at 08:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: strike, cleaners, nho, service, norsk, arbeidsmandsforbund, toilets, lavatories, rubbish, bins.





  
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