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Unions step up strike action. Continued stalemate between unions and employers in the goods and cleaning sectors. The transport strike is getting worse, after the Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union (Norsk Transportarbeiderforbundet/NTF) called out 800 additional members today in protest against poor pay for temporary staff and social dumping. According to the NTF, last Thursday’s strike at goods terminals in Oslo was just the start. Businesses around the country hit by the extended walkout include Bring, DHL Express, Tollpost Globe, and Nor Lines.

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Unions step up strike action

Published on Tuesday, 25th May, 2010 at 11:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Continued stalemate between unions and employers in the goods and cleaning sectors.

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Seat Terra delivery van (Illus. photo)
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The transport strike is getting worse, after the Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union (Norsk Transportarbeiderforbundet/NTF) called out 800 additional members today in protest against poor pay for temporary staff and social dumping.

According to the NTF, last Thursday’s strike at goods terminals in Oslo was just the start. Businesses around the country hit by the extended walkout include Bring, DHL Express, Tollpost Globe, and Nor Lines.

Union leaders are prepared for a long-term strike, and have received backing from the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO).

“We fully support demands by both striking transport workers and the NTF for equitable requirements to prevent social dumping in this industry, "says LO leader Roar Flåthen.

NRK writes it believes the strike could hit parts of Fishing Industry, though food distribution will be unaffected.

Approximately 1,700 of NTF’s members are now on strike.

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Norsk Arbeidsmandsforbund has also ordered just under 1,050 additional cleaning personnel out on strike in a row over increased pay, as well as a minimum wage guarantee.

This is the first strike for 36 years, and over 2,500 have now downed tools. Union leader Erna Hagensen isn’t optimistic, as they’ve heard nothing from employers since talks broke down last week.

“I hope we can establish some contact, but they’ll have to agree to our demands,” she says.

More employees will be called out from next Monday if the situation remains unchanged, meaning more dirty offices and shopping centres.



Published on Tuesday, 25th May, 2010 at 11:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: transport, cleaners, strike, offices, shoppingcentres, goods, freight, pay, conditions.





  
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