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Wide-ranging strike looms. Several unions in equal pay row. Both cleaners and transport sector workers are on strike, but the outlook for Thursday looks worse.Unavoidable With less than 12 hours before the negotiations deadline runs out, about 30,000 in the police, education, nursing, and physiotherapy professions, amongst others, are poised to go on strike.

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Wide-ranging strike looms

Published on Wednesday, 26th May, 2010 at 12:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Several unions in equal pay row.

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Both cleaners and transport sector workers are on strike, but the outlook for Thursday looks worse.

Unavoidable

With less than 12 hours before the negotiations deadline runs out, about 30,000 in the police, education, nursing, and physiotherapy professions, amongst others, are poised to go on strike.

Employers and unions are still a long way away from reaching agreement about central issues of higher pay, equal pay for both sexes, and working hours.

“These are decisive hours. I hope the state will contribute to closing the gap we had at the start of mediation,” says Gunn Olander, head of YS kommune, representing municipality employees

Unions consider this first wave of strike action to be almost unavoidable. Major parts of the police, the educational, and kindergarten sectors will be affected, as well as public administrations and prisons in municipalities around the country.

Worst hit will be big cities such as Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, and Trondheim. Anders Folkestad, head of Unio, tells NRK it will affect peoples’ everyday life.

“The public will see fewer police patrols in the streets,” he says.

Inmates could be freed

YS kommune is joined by the rest of the confederation – including state employees – as well as LO (the Confederation of Trade Unions), Unio (Confederation for Professionals), and akademikerne (Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations).

And whilst parents could arrive to locked kindergarten and school gates tomorrow, NRK believes inmates of Bjørgvin prison in Bergen could be set free if negotiations break down.

“Our demands are responsible. Mediation is going to be tough, because there’s such a wide gap between these and what’s on the table,” says Pål N. Arnesen, head of YS Stat (the state division of the Confederation of Vocational Unions).



Published on Wednesday, 26th May, 2010 at 12:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: strike, unions, employers, state, municipality, police, teachers, kindergartens, negotiations, pay, hospitals.





  
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