The Norwegian government is strengthening its efforts against work-related crime with a NOK 52 million allocation in the state budget.
The government is also preparing several new measures.
NOK 38 million will go to the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority, mostly to ensure better enforcement of the hiring regulations that were introduced for the construction industry this year, according to newspaper Klassekampen.
The Petroleum Safety Authority will get NOK 14 million in order to improve its control of the working conditions in the offshore industry.
“Work-related crime results in serious consequences for employees, companies, and society,” Minister of Labor Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H) noted.
According to Isaksen, the scope of work-related crime is no longer increasing.
“There may be indications that it may have been reduced to some extent,” he said, adding that the government was preparing more measures.
“We are putting up a proposal for consultation that will include the introduction of penal provisions for wage theft and increased criminal liability for work-related crime,” Isaksen warned.
The government will present a new strategy against work-related crime before Christmas.
© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today