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«Sick pay+»: How collective agreements secure workers more rights

28. March 2019

By law, Norwegian workers have the right to a sick pay on the same level as their ordinary salary – with a cap on the time-adjusted equivalent of about 600 000 NOK a year as well as a maximum of days which you can receive this compensation. Many collective agreements have secured their members better terms. In this brief, Kristin Alsos present an overview of the most central agreements. The project is commissioned by a governmental expert panel which has written a report which has sick pay as one of its topics.

Are employees not on board?

27. March 2019

Currently, on the news site Dagens Perspektiv, there is an ongoing debate about the value of employees rights to have representatives on the companies’ boards. In an op-ed, Inger Marie Hagen, on basis of research, rejects claims that these representatives are overtly orientated against conflicts and special interests. She asks if the underlying conflict rather is between shortsighted and longsighted organizational and economical goals, and the diverging aims this might create between owners/stockholders and the employees.

Frequent board meetings - more influence for the employees

19. March 2019

Many Norwegian and Danish employees have a right to be part of the decision processes concerning their workplace, including having at least one seat on the board. Few of these representatives report having an actual influence on decisions, according to an article by Inger Marie Hagen and Caspar Rose (Copenhagen Business School). Gender, member size of the board and the representatives’ experience do not statistically alter this. On the other hand, a high frequencies of board meetings correlates with the employees having a stronger voice.

Feeding the world

12. March 2019

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norad are working on an update of the policy concerning sustainable food systems. Fafo is tasked with offering a fresh look at the underlying factual and conceptual terms, the global status quo as well as serving policy advice when it comes to the subject of nutrition in Norway’s development work abroad.

The evolving of women's part time work

11. March 2019

When married women started partaking in the job market during the 70’s, part time work was a mainstream adaptive choice. Since then both the understanding and the rhetoric of part time work have changed.  Today it is commonly viewed as a barrier to full gender equality. This evolvement of ideas, studied in the light of cultural and institutional changes, is the main topic in an article written by Anne Lise Ellingsæter og Ragnhild Steen Jensen.

The political aftermath of the pension reform

08. March 2019

In this brief, the authors describe the most important changes and conflicts concerning the Norwegian pension system. This is used as a platform for a discussion on which challenges the system will be struggling with now and in the near future. Originally, the brief was written for the trade union El og IT Forbundet as a roadmap for its debate on pension policy.

No limits for transportation: Seminar 7th of March

07. March 2019

Transport of goods across the borders in the EU/ECC area is a heated topic, also in Norway. The reason for this is not only the problems concerning foreign trucks which is not adapted to driving on slippery winter roads, but also because of the pressure that is being laid on salaries and working conditions. This seminar presented findings amongst Bulgarian and Rumanian drivers in Norway as well as the ongoing discussions on EU policy.

Weakened voices at work - weakened democracy

06. March 2019

The rights of employees to have a dialogue with the employers and a voice concerning their workplaces is an important fundament of the Norwegian work model as well as our democratic culture. Two Fafo researchers find a considerable lack of actual use of these legal rights to participate, casting the model's strength into doubt. The findings are presented in an international book about democracy (in English) and a news article on Arbeidslivet.no (in Norwegian).

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