Norway’s security guards threaten to escalate strike

Thomas Wettergreen - Parat SecuritasPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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Trade union Parat and the Norwegian Workers’ Union (Norsk Arbeidsmandsforbund) are now announcing that the security guard strike will be escalated.

The two unions sent the notice to the State Conciliator of Norway (Riksmekleren) on Friday. 

The unions and NHO Service og Handel have been summoned for a further round of mediation next Friday.

The extension of the strike will affect, among other things, Oslo Central Station, helicopter traffic into the Norwegian Sea from Kristiansund, and the processing plant for the Ormen Lange gas field, Parat wrote in a press release.

1,500 security guards on strike

The security guard strike began on September 16, and over 1,500 security guards are now on strike. 

It has so far, among other things, led to the Oslo bus terminal closing at 8:00 PM, as well as difficulties for Trondheim municipality to keep a coronavirus test station open.

The last escalation of the strike took place on Monday, October 5, when another 341 guards joined the strike.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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