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The Foreigner Norway politicians reprimand employers over violence. Labour’s (Ap) Norvald Mo ticks the country’s employers off following the recent NOA/STAMI report on violence in the workplace. “The Norwegian Government is concerned about threats and violence towards Norwegian employees, as shown in the report,” he says in a statement to The Foreigner via email."Unacceptable" Department of Occupational Health Surveillance (NOA) researchers found that health sector and Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) were most prone to be exposed to violence.

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Norway politicians reprimand employers over violence

Published on Thursday, 13th December, 2012 at 18:24 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th March 2013 at 15:11.

Labour’s (Ap) Norvald Mo ticks the country’s employers off following the recent NOA/STAMI report on violence in the workplace.



“The Norwegian Government is concerned about threats and violence towards Norwegian employees, as shown in the report,” he says in a statement to The Foreigner via email.

"Unacceptable"

Department of Occupational Health Surveillance (NOA) researchers found that health sector and Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) were most prone to be exposed to violence.

“Violence and threats are not acceptable in Norwegian working life. We will not have it in any workplace, neither in NAV offices, nor in health institutions”, Deputy Minister of Labour Norvald Mo states. “Moreover, these workplaces are dominated by female employees.”

The NOA researchers’ report found as many as 3.7 percent of staff had been subjected to violent incidents at their place of work during the past year.

Norway was only second to France (3.8 percent) amongst the 27 EU countries. However, it came top amongst the Scandinavian countries, with 2.7 percent of Danish and 2.5 percent of Swedish employees, respectively, reporting it had happened to them.

Their study was modelled on an earlier European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) report, the “The Fifth European Working Conditions Survey” (EWCS).

Also participating in Eurofound’s EWCS were Norway, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, Albania, and Kosovo.

Must take charge

At the same time, neither NOA, nor Eurofound researchers could answer what the possible causes of the statistics when asked, or why violence was higher in Norway in relation the other countries except France.

Referring to the Norwegian report, Deputy Minister of Labour Mo remarks, “The survey does not quite answer the question of why threats and violence seem to be a challenge in Norwegian working life.”

“Norwegians may have high expectation of how their working life ought to be. Norwegians may also have higher standards and accept less than their European colleagues."

"It is a good thing if that is the case. Employees should report and react to threats. A good working environment is important to us all,” he adds.

The Deputy Minister concludes by telling employers “They must do whatever they can to reduce the risk of their employees being exposed to situations as described in this report.”

“I would like to remind employers that reducing threats and violence in working life is their responsibility,” he declares.




Published on Thursday, 13th December, 2012 at 18:24 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th March 2013 at 15:11.

This post has the following tags: norwayworking, norwayviolenceatwork.





  
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