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The Norwegian Farmers’ Association wants it to be easier to get hold of seasonal workers

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Poor krone exchange rates are one of the things that make it difficult for farmers to get hold of seasonal workers, the Farmers’ Association believes. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Of NTB | 07.06.2024 21:33:02

Working life: – We are very concerned about the situation in agriculture these days, says deputy chairman Egil Christopher Hoen of the Norwegian Farmers’ Association to NRK.

Many Norwegian farmers are dependent on extra labor when what they produce is in season. Right now it is difficult for several reasons: weak krone exchange rate, long waiting time for visas and work permits for workers from outside the EU/EEA, and tighter rules for staffing agencies that recruit such workers.

– It is becoming more and more difficult to achieve within the regulations that are in practice, says Hoen.

He reacts in particular to the new rules for staffing agencies, which mean that they must have a detailed overview of where the workers will be working at all times. Hoen says such an overview is difficult to create a long time in advance, because agriculture is very dependent on the weather. Therefore, he believes that a simpler and more flexible set of regulations must be created, and be very easy to achieve.

– We would like to point out that Norwegian farmers themselves can be employers of seasonal labour, and that this is not affected by the hiring ban. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food will also show that there are exceptions to the ban when it comes to the hiring of replacements and agricultural substitutes from replacement teams, says Agriculture and Food Minister Geir Pollestad (Sp).

(© NTB)

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