Norway’s striking Chruch employees to get a new offer

Priest Jorund Andersen - Kjerstin JensenPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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Church employees in Norway have been on strike since December 12. Now the employers’ organization KA is coming up with a new offer in the hope of solving the church strike.

The background for the strike is that – from September next year – the employer does not want to extend an agreement that ensures all new employees a permanent wage compensation of between NOK 40,000 and 60,000.

The Employers’ Organization for Church Activities (KA) is now willing to meet the priests, according to newspaper Vårt Land.

“In an attempt to get out of the deadlock, we are now openly presenting a draft for a solution,” CEO of KA Marit H. Hougsnæs noted.

The strike of Church employees has been going on since December 12 after the negotiations between the unions for Church employees and KA broke down. 

Norway already has a shortage of priests. The striking priests are worried about the recruitment and the signal sent to students in the seminary.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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