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The Foreigner Norway strike to deteriorate next week. Unions warn the current major strike hitting Norway will get worse after Pentecost, Tuesday. An initial walkout by about 28,000 employees in the state and public sectors started yesterday following breakdown in talks.  In what is being termed a “historic” nationwide strike, three unions are demanding an approximately four percent pay rise – The Foreigner has been told figures range between 3.96 and 4.25 percent.

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Norway strike to deteriorate next week

Published on Friday, 25th May, 2012 at 10:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th May 2012 at 16:35.

Unions warn the current major strike hitting Norway will get worse after Pentecost, Tuesday.



An initial walkout by about 28,000 employees in the state and public sectors started yesterday following breakdown in talks. 

In what is being termed a “historic” nationwide strike, three unions are demanding an approximately four percent pay rise – The Foreigner has been told figures range between 3.96 and 4.25 percent.

The across-the-board industrial action by the Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS), and Unio has hit public sector services such as nurses, teachers, the police, a considerable number of government ministries, tax and welfare, as well as the police. 54 prisoners had to be released from jails as a result of striking prison staff.

Fourth union the Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations (Akademikerne) has not joined the walkout for the time being. An answer is expected at approximately 15:00 today.

Next week sees the second phase. Figures as to how many employees this will involve are unofficial until 12:00, but YS warns it will be several hundred.

LO state sector union representative Stein Erik Syrstad said to The Foreigner, “the first phase is mainly directed towards employers, but people will begin to notice the effects from Tuesday.”

“Striking is never pleasant and we are trying to avoid affecting members of the public as much as we can,” he added.

Don’t you think your industrial action will just annoy people?

“Of course we understand their irritation and stress when they have been forced to take on a burden they should not have had to in the first place. We last struck over this issue 28 years ago, and hope people understand we have a right to better pay.”

A Unio spokesperson reported they are ready to fight to make sure education pays off.

In a statement about the strike, Minster of Government Administration, Reform, and Church Affairs Rigmor Aasrud said, “I’m disappointed and find it is regrettable that it was not possible to reach agreement through mediation.”

“We have shown great willingness to negotiate and come with good suggestions and an economic framework that would have secured all government employees a substantial increase in purchasing power.”

Her ministry is now short-staffed.

“We are making our own coffee and answering the minister’s own phone,” political advisor Jon Reidar Øyan declared to The Foreigner.




Published on Friday, 25th May, 2012 at 10:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th May 2012 at 16:35.

This post has the following tags: norwaystrike, publicstatesectorindustrialactionnorway, unions.





  
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