Less than three hours before the mediation deadline, negotiations on cutting-edge topics continued.
If the NHO does not reach an agreement with LO and YS before the midnight mediation deadline, then starting Sunday morning, approximately 30,000 workers can go on strike.
Ombudsman Mats Ruland met with the press at 9 pm and briefed the progress of important negotiations. Then, he confirmed to the second TV station that low salary subsidies and financial frameworks are being discussed throughout the day.
-There is still a considerable distance between the two parties. So far, there is no immediate solution.
-According to experience, these mediations will work overtime until the next day. This kind of mediation is likely to do the same thing. He told TV 2 that he hoped that an agreement between the parties would be a positive result.
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 provisional settlement, which means that only salary will be negotiated. However, the time before mediation is very long.
Peggy Hessen Følsvik, LO’s acting leader, previously stated: VG If purchasing power is not maintained, strikes will occur. This will mean wage growth by 2.8%, and inflation is expected this year.
On the other hand, NHO proposed to increase wages by 2.2%. They believe that this will help ensure competitiveness with foreign companies.
In addition, the two sides are discussing the supplement of low wages, and the labor side expresses their support. According to NTB, the NHO objected to this and requested that it be included in fewer numbers than in previous years.
A possible strike will severely hit several industries. This is especially applicable to the bus industry where both LO and YS require driver-driven. YS has gone the farthest, striking 5,500 bus drivers. It has previously stated that the strike will stop all scheduled buses in Norway.
Root has confirmed to NTB that if the strike becomes a reality, the buses in Oslo and the former Akershus will stop.