Nationwide strike avoided
A nationwide strike by 11,000 industrial workers was avoided Wednesday afternoon, after the two sides finally reached a new wage agreement, through arbitration 18 hours on overtime.
A proposal by National Arbitrator Nils Dalseide was accepted by both the unions (Fellesforbundet) and the employers, Norsk Industri.
The new agreement means an additional NOK 0.75 per hour, equal to a wage increase of 3.3 per cent.
They also agreed to start discussions on how to revise the regulations for the pension system.
The new agreement is the first of the season, and will traditionally be seen as a pattern for the other wage negotiations in the coming weeks.
A strike would have affected the West coast ship building industry, as well as the offshore industry.