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Farmers to stage Eurovision protest. Major money concerns could cause cacophony. This year’s pay negotiations in the agriculture sector may not fall on deaf ears. Members of the Sør-Trøndelag Farmer’s Association (Bondelaget) have warned they’ll be turning up to 29 May’s final at Fornebu on tooting tractors. “It’s because we still don’t quite know if the authorities will agree to our wage demands. If they don’t meet them, we’ll meet them. We’re almost certain they’ll be going to the Eurovision Song Contest,” Karl Erik Sørensen, the association’s deputy leader tells NRK.

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Farmers to stage Eurovision protest

Published on Thursday, 29th April, 2010 at 11:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 30th April 2010 at 08:29.

Major money concerns could cause cacophony.

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Tractorvision?

This year’s pay negotiations in the agriculture sector may not fall on deaf ears. Members of the Sør-Trøndelag Farmer’s Association (Bondelaget) have warned they’ll be turning up to 29 May’s final at Fornebu on tooting tractors.

“It’s because we still don’t quite know if the authorities will agree to our wage demands. If they don’t meet them, we’ll meet them. We’re almost certain they’ll be going to the Eurovision Song Contest,” Karl Erik Sørensen, the association’s deputy leader tells NRK.

3,000 to 5,000 frustrated farmers have applied in writing to Bærum council for permission to sit outside Telenor’s arena on their tractors.

Pull the udder one

Odd Reinsfeldt, the Mayor of Bærum, says he’s worried their demonstration will overshadow the final, and ruin the whole event.

“I imagine it’ll create a real stir. They’ll create a lot of traffic, and their tractors will completely block the arena off.”

Though he doesn’t believe the council will agree, saying that particular day is unsuitable.

“They’ll just have to move on to the police and others to hear what they have to say about it,” he says, laughing.

Have you herd?

Sørensen promises the demonstration will be peaceful from their side, however.

“We’re just going to meet up there. We believe 80 kroner per hour is something to hoot about, and encourage people to honk with us,” he says.



Published on Thursday, 29th April, 2010 at 11:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 30th April 2010 at 08:29.

This post has the following tags: eurovision, song, contest, final, fornebu, oslo, baerum, telenor, arena, farmers, tractors, protest.





  
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