Norway’s government wants to implement measures against social dumping in the aviation industry

Marte Mjøs PersenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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Labor Minister Marte Mjøs Persen (AP) promises measures against social dumping in the aviation industry. She wants to force companies that fly in Norway to comply with the Norwegian Working Environment Act.

This summer’s pilot strike in SAS was, among other things, about corporate structures and the use of subsidiaries. The pilots believed that SAS used complicated systems to reduce responsibility toward employees. The company rejected the claims.

Persen now warns that the government will introduce a new way of looking at employers’ responsibilities, the newspaper Aftenposten writes. In a group, the responsibility for the employees must lie with the company that actually decides when it comes to the employees – which will often be the parent company – rather than with any subsidiary where they are formally employed.

In the autumn, the government will put forward an aviation strategy, and it is working on changes to the Working Environment Act, which will also affect the industry.

A planned change in the law will mean that those companies who fly domestically in Norway will have to follow the Norwegian Working Environment Act. Today, foreign companies can circumvent this; an Irish company can fly from Dublin to Oslo and then fly several domestic routes without having to comply with Norwegian law.

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