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Norway in for multi-sector strikes. UPDATED: 2014’s collective wage agreement talks may have started successfully, but current walkouts are a fact and possible further trouble lies ahead. Hotel and restaurant sector employees will be striking from Monday 12th May after Fellesforbundet union members voted against a new offer from employers. 2,621 personnel at 69 companies are to stage industrial action. This will hit the major hotel chains, including Rica, Scandic, Radisson Blu (Oslo Plaza) and the Grand Hotel on Karl Johan.

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Norway in for multi-sector strikes

Published on Friday, 9th May, 2014 at 11:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 9th May 2014 at 12:59.

UPDATED: 2014’s collective wage agreement talks may have started successfully, but current walkouts are a fact and possible further trouble lies ahead.

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No seaborne goods arriving to Norway will reach businesses or shops if harbour workers strike. The containers pictured here were located in Clyde.Shipping containers
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Hotel and restaurant sector employees will be striking from Monday 12th May after Fellesforbundet union members voted against a new offer from employers.

2,621 personnel at 69 companies are to stage industrial action. This will hit the major hotel chains, including Rica, Scandic, Radisson Blu (Oslo Plaza) and the Grand Hotel on Karl Johan.

Among other Oslo Gardermoen Airport hotels affected will be those belonging to the Scandic, Rezidor (Radisson Blu), and Clarion groups.

Strikes will also occur at many hotels in other major Norwegian cities. Included in these are Bergen’s Rica, Rezidor, Scandic, Clarion, Stavanger’s Radisson Blu (Atlantic and Royal) and Clarion, as well as Trondheim’s Radisson Blu (Royal Garden), and Rica (Nidelven).

Tromsø is also on the list, with some hotels being Rica’s Ishavshotel, the Radisson Blu, and the Scandic Hotel. Industrial action at a further three hotels will start on Tuesday 13th, say unions. These are Oslo’s BW Karl Johan, the Radisson Blu Hotel Haugesund (western Norway), and Trondheim’s Rica Bakklandet Hotel.

Transport troubles

In other conflicts, unions criticise low-priced carrier Norwegian after the airline reportedly sent personnel a text message informing them of action should they go on strike.

The airline is also being accused of strike-breaking after eyeing measures to continue flights despite industrial action.

These include staffing aircraft cabins with administrative personnel and using their long-distance Boeing 787 Dreamliners for domestic Norway routes, Klassekampen reports, Friday.

According to umbrella organisation the Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS), the airline will also be hiring in aircraft and crews from other companies, so-termed ‘wet leasing’.

There is only one Norway-based union member on strike at the carrier for now. At the same time, union Parat is waiting for the results of negotiations involving their Danish colleagues. No agreement there could mean a strike in Denmark and industrial action escalation in Norway.

“Our main demand is for a common collective wage in both countries,” Hans-Erik Skjæggerud, Parat’s shop steward commented to The Foreigner recently.

Parat is part of YS. The disagreement also involves tenure issues. Norwegian regularly uses staffing companies to provide them with personnel, instead of employing them directly themselves.

Shortages

News of more possible walkouts involving Norway unions comes today. Harbour workers will be called out on strike should current negotiations between the Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union (Norsk Transportarbeiderforbund/NTF) and employers’ organisations NHO Transport and the Norwegian Hauliers’ Association (NLF).

“Any industrial action will affect anything and everything that is brought to Norway by sea,” NTF negotiations leader Lars M. Johnsen tells The Foreigner. “We’ll be calling all our members at all relevant nationwide harbours out in one go.”

Mr Johnsen adds there are several areas under dispute, including privatisation concerns, pay, pensions, and training.

State sector strikes are also looming, with YS (Confederation of Vocational Unions) warning industrial action will start on 26th May in at least six sectors involving Norwegian cities.

The say Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, and Tromsø will be hardest-hit, with walkouts by staff working in the police, prisons, Customs and Excise, the Tax Authority and NAV (Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration), amongst others.

Employees in the military will also be called out on strike for the first time-ever.

“The State has not come with a genuine proposal. They have just referred to results from the industrial sector. We now put our trust in the State mediator,” YS Stat shop steward Pål N. Arnesen says in a statement.

The first strike phase would affect the all of the Norwegian government’s 15 Ministries and some of their subordinate institutions, as well as the Office of the Prime Minister.



Published on Friday, 9th May, 2014 at 11:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 9th May 2014 at 12:59.

This post has the following tags: unions, strikes, norway.





  
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