At the request of Espresso House, the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority (Arbeidstilsynet), will meet the coffee bar chain next week.
This happens after employees at Espresso House, both in Norway and Sweden, have come forward and told about an extreme pressure at job, frequent checks and lack of overtime pay.
– We have today contacted the Labor Inspection Authority for a full review of our structure and routines in light of the allegations that have emerged this week, wrote Chief Executive Torodd Gøystdal of Espresso House Norway in an email to Dagens Næringsliv on Friday.
– It is important for us that the Labor Inspection Authority is confident that we are a serious, good employer with satisfied employees, he adds. The coffee chain will also meet the United Federation of Trade Unions (Fellesforbundet).
Trine Hammer, national coordinator for the service and accommodation industry in the Labor Inspection Authority, confirms the meeting and says it is difficult to predict what will happen in the case.
– We must first meet with Espresso House and get an overview of the actual conditions. Then we have to figure out how to follow it up further, she tells DN.
To E24, the Labor Inspection Authority states that they have already requested information provided from Espresso House on several occasions, before DN and E24 revealed the working conditions in the coffee chain.
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