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Three strikes off but talks get hairy. Be constructive, get to work, read the papers, and watch the parting. Threats of strikes in the building, transport, and media sectors have been called off but you could be left looking long in the face if you don’t hurry. For the first time in the history of Norway, hairdressers around the country are threatening to wash their hands of the whole affair if they don’t get more pay.

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Three strikes off but talks get hairy

Published on Tuesday, 11th May, 2010 at 10:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th May 2010 at 12:53.

Be constructive, get to work, read the papers, and watch the parting.

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Threats of strikes in the building, transport, and media sectors have been called off but you could be left looking long in the face if you don’t hurry.

For the first time in the history of Norway, hairdressers around the country are threatening to wash their hands of the whole affair if they don’t get more pay.

Even though your spruce-up might cost 1,000 kroner, their cut can be as low as 10 percent.

Annual salaries start at 226,000 kroner, and hairdressers are demanding an hourly raise of 25 kroner.

“Norwegian hairdressers get paid 116 kroner an hour. No other skilled workers have such a low hourly rate. It’s not possible to live on this salary,” says NUMGE union leader Ingunn Reistad Jacobsen.

But negotiations between the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet/NUMGE) and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) have stalled, meaning hairdressers risk being left with the same shortfall.

“I think it’s more important they’re dedicated to their profession; If they see the whole person, and ensure the customer gets skillful craftsmanship with well-executed technical expertise, salaries and everything will come by themselves,” Edel Teige, employer and member of the NHO’s negotiating committee tells NRK.

The strike will begin when business opens on 14 May. According to the NUMGE, 45 hairdressers are due to be called out initially.



Published on Tuesday, 11th May, 2010 at 10:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th May 2010 at 12:53.

This post has the following tags: strike, pay, negotiations, hairdressers, walkout.





  
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