Seven-week culture sector strike in Norway ends

culture strikeLO leader Peggy Hessen Følsvik meets strike guards at the National Theater, the Norwegian Theater and the Norwegian Opera. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The strike in Norway’s culture sector is over, the Ombudsman stated in a press release late last night.

At 3:30 AM on Monday, October 25, the Ombudsman confirmed that the strike was over. LO Stat and Spekter have agreed to introduce lifelong and gender-neutral pension benefits in Norway’s culture sector from April 1, 2022.

Nearly 900 employees at 15 cultural institutions, including the Opera and the National Theater, have been on strike.

In 2016, cultural employees agreed to temporarily switch from defined benefit pension to defined contribution pension. A strike occurred this year because the unions wanted to revisit the temporary plan. The conflict arose because the unions wanted a hybrid pension, while Spekter wanted to keep the 2016 scheme.

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