Norway’s Labor Party supports bus drivers’ strike: “They have a right to demand a fair salary”

Bjørnar SkjæranPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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Labor Party deputy leader Bjørnar Skjæran supported the bus drivers in their strike

“The strike that is escalating today is a fair fight against growing differences,” Skjæran wrote in an email to news bureau NTB.

“We want to express support for a low-wage group on which society depends, which has a vulnerable job during the coronavirus period, and which helps keep the wheels (of society) turning. They obviously have a right to demand a fair salary,” he emphasized.

On Saturday, the bus strike in Norway escalated as another 4,500 bus drivers in seven counties joined the strike. 

A total of 8,500 drivers on strike

The strike now affects the big parts of public transport in Norway.

Thus, a total of around 8,500 drivers are participating in the strike that started on Sunday, September 20, when the mediation between the employers and the workers in the bus industry broke down. 

“The Labor Party sympathizes with the bus drivers and believes a legal labor dispute must be resolved by the parties,” Skjæran wrote, adding that the bus drivers have low salaries compared to the millions many of their bosses are getting.

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