Trade union representative: Strike may postpone the opening of the new Munch Museum in Oslo

Munch Museum 2Photo: Berit Roald / NTB
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The new Munch Museum has been given an opening date – October 22. But the strike in Oslo Municipality could postpone the opening, the trade union representative warns.

“Our members have key positions at the museum, and this can, in the worst case, lead to a postponement of the opening,” chief shop steward Trine Otte Bak Nielsen at the museum told Forskerforum.

On Thursday this week, the same day as the museum’s opening date was announced, it became clear that Unio – the Confederation of Unions for Professionals – is taking out 647 members on strike in Oslo Municipality. 

Five of the museum’s employees have gone on strike, including the project manager for moving art from the old to the new museum.

It is too early to say anything about whether the opening is in danger of being postponed as a result of the strike, museum director Stein Olav Henrichsen told Forskerforum.

“We have been working with planning to move into a new museum for a long time now. In addition, we have used the delay of the opening to further ensure the robustness and quality of our plans, which means that we are particularly well prepared,” he wrote.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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