Both parties mediate during overtime hours. About 30,000 workers will be on strike.
In the absence of an agreement between the two parties, the deadline for mediation ends at 12 midnight. However, the mediation is still working overtime, and both LO and NHO confirmed on their website at midnight.
According to NTB sources, negotiations may not take place until late at night.
If the two sides fail to reach an agreement, more than 30,000 workers will go on strike.
Ombudsman Mats Ruland met with the press at 11pm and briefed the progress of important negotiations.
-There were arduous negotiations between the two parties, he said.
He told NRK that it is impossible to say how long the negotiations will last.
-We work with purpose and hope to spend the shortest time. We are willing to spend the necessary time.
The mediator said that there was still a considerable distance between the parties, but he could not comment on the content of the mediation.
-According to experience, these mediations will work overtime until the next day. This kind of mediation is likely to do the same thing. It is hoped that an agreement between the parties will be a positive result, he told TV 2 at 9pm.
In the evening, Luland emphasized to NRK that he was positive.
-I have always been very optimistic and believe that we can solve it this year, he told the channel.
The first issue of wage settlement is particularly important because it lays the framework for the settlement that occurs continuously throughout the spring.
This year’s settlement is a so-called interim settlement, which means that only wages will be negotiated. However, the time before mediation is very long.