NAV sets up office at Gardermoen after extensive rounds of redundancies at the airport

Closed shops at Oslo Airport.Closed shops at Oslo Airport.Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has set up its own temporary office at Oslo Airport after the coronavirus pandemic led to thousands of layoffs and hundreds of redundancies.

Aviation has been hit hard by the coronavirus, and the outlook for the future of the industry is bleak.

According to Avinor’s forecasts, there will be 53% fewer passengers in 2021 compared to last year.

“It won’t be until 2024 before we are back to the same level of employees as in 2019,” director Stine Ramstad Westby at Oslo Airport told newspaper Aftenposten / E24.

She emphasized that out of the 15,000 employees at the airport between 3,000 and 4,000 have been laid off.

Need for assistance

The head of NAV Ullensaker, Gry Hosøy, commented on the need for assistance at Gardermoen as a result of all the lay-offs and redundancies.

“It is a temporary solution. It is too early to say how long we will keep this office open,” she said.

The company Menzies is one of two companies that deliver ground handling personnel at Gardermoen. There, over 100 people have lost their jobs so far.

“Very gloomy”

The company ISS cut 72 positions at the airport. The company operates, among other things, cleaning, lost property, assistance, and trolley service.

“This has major consequences for people’s finances and everyday life. It’s very gloomy. I walk around with a lump in my stomach,” Irene Fahre, shop steward for ISS employees in the assistance services department at Gardermoen, said.

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