Trondheim Municipality is offering NOK 20,000 in bonuses to, among others, health personnel who avoid taking a holiday in the middle of summer.
The bonus goes to those who “agree to use the main holiday in periods other than week 26-32”, it is stated in a note from the Municipality, the newspaper Adresseavisen writes.
In addition, summer substitutes who are nurses or social workers can receive a bonus of NOK 15,000 if they undertake to work at least six weeks during the summer holiday period.
“We do this to ensure continuity and (sufficient) competence throughout the summer to keep the offer as good as possible,” health and welfare director Wenche Dehli stated. She says it is important for the Municipality to reimburse those who voluntarily agree to work in a more demanding period with fewer permanent employees at work.
Dehli: Not a sign of poor staffing
The offer is not a crisis solution or a sign of poor primary staffing, Dehli added.
Chief shop steward Ingrid Berg Selfjord in the Norwegian Nurses’ Association, for her part, believes that the municipalities are generally poorly staffed and believes that the bonus scheme is an expression of distress.
“The summer holidays come every year, and the Municipality must have enough people to handle the holidays within the shifts. It should come as no surprise that health professionals should also have a holiday.”
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