Sissel C. Trygstad is appointed new head of research at Fafo, with special responsibility for Fafo’s labour relations and labour market research. Trygstad has been a researcher at Fafo since 2004 and for the past seven years she has been research director. Trygstad holds a Dr. Polit. degree from NTNU, Department of Sociology and Political Science in Trondheim. Her main interests of research are workplace democracy, cooperation and participation, and whistleblowing. Her resent publications include  (together with Marit Skivenes) «Explaining whistle blowing processes in the Norwegian Labour Market – power and institutional factors» in Industrial Democracy in Europe, and  «Freedom of Speech in work life» .
The Working Time Committee (Arbeidstidsutvalget) was appointed by the Norwegian government in August 2014. Part of its mandate is to identify violations of working time regulations. Fafo is engaged by The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to contribute to this mapping. Key questions are what regulations are violated, the share of companies breaching the regulations  and if there are variations between industries, geographical areas and companies of different sizes. Kristin Alsos is the project manager.
Trondheim municipality is divided into four urban districts, each of which is responsible for delivering municipal public services. To account for varying need and/or use of such services, certain criteria  attributable to differences in population characteristics are used to allocate funds to the urban districts. This report (in Norwegian only), written by Roy A. Nielsen and Magne Bråthen, provides an assessment of the criteria sets used for allocating funds to the child and family services and the social services.
The liberalisation of European aviation market has given rise to numerous trends in contemporary employment relations vis-à-vis pilots and cabin crew. The tough competition also raises questions about aviation safety. More than 6,000 pilots in Europe have been asked  about their terms of employment in a recently published study from the University in Ghent. Fafo-researcher Anne Mette Ødegård has contributed with back-ground material from Norway. * Download the report: Atypical employment in Aviation

Lower oil prices and investments on the shelf together with weak growth in the European markets lead to harder times for the Norwegian economy and labour market. What does this mean for our pay? Center for Wage Formation invites to a seminar about the interaction between wage formation and fiscal and monetary policy, March 10. Ragnar Nymoen (pictured) is the chairman.

What are the effects from Sunday-open shops on the labour market? Bård Jordfald (pictured) has written a new paper together with Magnus Mühlbradt. Sunday-open shops will have impacts on the 367,000 working people working in the trade, but also hairdressers, bakers and watchmen will be affected. (The paper is in Norwegian only)
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