Good news: Major bus driver strike in Norway avoided, parties reach agreement

Mats Wilhelm RulandPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

After intense negotiations, LO, YS, and NHO have agreed on the wage settlement. Thus, there will be no major bus driver strike in Norway.

There was a possibility that more than 30,000 drivers could go on strike, but the strike has now been called off.

Interim settlement

LO, YS and NHO have been sitting with the State Conciliator of Norway (Riksmekleren) since 10 AM on Friday, and the original deadline for reaching an agreement was at midnight on Sunday night.

This year’s settlement is a so-called interim settlement, where only salaries are negotiated.

Corona rules

Due to the corona restrictions, the parties sat separately at Hotel Opera in central Oslo. They have not been allowed to leave their zones or walk around the hotel freely.

The parties have also not been allowed to leave the hotel area to go to the store, for example.

The strict measures made the negotiations more complicated than usual, mediator Mats Ruland said on Saturday.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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