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Norway on strike

01 June 2012
Public workers on strike
Health, childcare and schools are affected by the ongoing strike in Norway. The wage settlement negotiations broke down last week, and so far, more than 50.000 public workers are on strike.

- Our requirements are relatively moderate and fair, but we never got any real financial incentive to consider. Therefore the conflict, says Jan Davidsen, president of Fagforbundet, the lagest union for municipal workers in Norway to Fagbladet

- Now it is up to the municipal employers' organization KS. If they want a quick end to the strike, they must give us a quote and an economic framework that it is possible to decide, says Jan Davidsen.

- Wewill go on with the strike as long as is necessary, says Jan Davidsen in this video interview. He praises the commitment and enthusiasm of thousands of officers around the country.

The strike has now lasted for one week and includes over 50.000 municipal and state employees in healthcare, kindergartens, schools, colleges, universities, police, judiciary, treasurer offices, ministries and government agencies.

Ongoing mediation on Friday morning might change the situation for the state sector.

Also the union for security personnel is negotiating, and if they do not come to an agreement, the airline traffic in Norway will be heavily affected by strike from Friday afternoon.

You can read the union's strike flyer in English, attached below.


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