Norway: New bill to get rid of "on-call contracts" passed by parliament

Members of Norwegian union Fellesforbundet protest against the staffing industry. 

The Norwegian parliament passed new regulations for better job security on the 4th of June.

"It is the great victory for the Norwegian unions and their members who have been pushing for this for several years," said Ambet Yuson, general secretary of the BWI.

The new changes to the Working Environment Act include:

- A secure and clear definition of permanent employment,

- ensure the predictability of work and income by avoiding on-call contracts;

- limit the use of staffing agencies by restricting such use to companies bound by a nationwide collective agreement with a larger union;

- give the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority the legal authority to inspect companies and impose sanctions in the event of illegal staffing agency use.