Settlement reached for construction workers in Norway

19 April 2016 12:09

The Norwegian union Fellesforbundet has settled an agreement in the national collective bargaining negotiations for the construction sector.

”We congratulate our Norwegian friends for this agreement that will bring higher wages for construction workers in the country and contains important steps to stop social dumping,” said Ambet Yuson, general secretary of the BWI.

The agreement will increase the minimum wage rate by 3.1 percent and bring the overall wage increase to 2.4 percent. The union and the employers association also agreed on a number of measures to prevent social dumping, such as stronger regulations on the expenses for travel, board and lodging.

To improve the pension system was also a central demand by the unions who had wanted to make pension benefits part of the collective bargaining agreement, with accumulation starting from the first day on the job, which the employers strongly resisted. Both unions and employers finally settled and the government have agreed to examine possible changes to the pension legislation, including improved benefits.