Norway’s Confederation of Vocational Unions demands removal of home office requirement

Home officePhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Norway’s Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS) believes that the home office requirement is no longer proportionate and must be lifted. Their demand is supported by the employers’ organization Virke.

“As the corona pandemic now stands, the national home office requirement is too intrusive. Isolation, month after month, places an enormous burden on employees, employers, and society at large,” YS leader Erik Kollerud stated.

Kollerud believes the requirement for a home office has been important to limit the infection and overcome the pandemic.

“However, the omicron variant has been proven to cause less disease. Fewer people are hospitalized for treatment due to COVID,” he added. 

He believes that local authorities or individual businesses should consider the need for home office.

Virke’s position

The Enterprise Federation of Norway (Virke) also believes it is time for local rules adaptations.

“After all, there is a difference between Orkanger and Oslo. Home office is not a small intrusive measure for the employees concerned and for the companies affected by the consequences of restricted mobility,” Virke’s Ivar Horneland Kristensen warned.

Less activity in the downtown areas has major negative consequences for shops and restaurants and everyone else who makes a living from the day-to-day circulation of people, Kristensen noted.

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