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Unio leader Ragnhild Lied does not trust that the conflict in the state settlement will receive an unfair treatment with today’s National Salaries Board. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB

Of NTB | 06/05/2024 15:13:15

Policy: – This wage settlement has been politicized by the government from day one. The government has shown zero willingness to negotiate. This has been a political process, not a negotiation process. The government has tried to push us into place, with LO as a cheerleader, says Unio leader Ragnhild Lied to Aftenposten.

Unio demands that LO should not be a party to the wage board, since the two organizations have diametrically opposed views on how the agreement structure in the state should be. LO Stat and YS Stat demanded in this year’s wage negotiations that the State must have one collective agreement with all four associations – and were granted this by the State.

The academics and Unio went on strike to keep the collective agreement the academics entered into in 2016 and which Unio joined in 2022.

The strikes have ended after the government intervened with a compulsory wage board. The National Salary Board will probably only deal with the cases in the autumn.

In cases where the state is one of the parties, the tribunal consists of the chairman, who is neutral, as well as two permanent, neutral members, in addition to the head of LO Stats and the state’s director of human resources.

The parties to the conflict participate with their own representative. Neither the state’s director of human resources nor the head of LO Stat have the right to vote, but they do have the right to speak.

The board’s members are appointed by the government. Negotiator Guro Lind in Unio is asking Chrono the government must look at the composition of the tribunal.

– The academics have on a number of occasions raised that it is a problem that LO and the state’s employer have permanent seats on the tribunal, says leader Kari Tønnessen Nordli of the Academics state to Khrono.

The newspaper writes that the Academics are also, in a way, represented on the tribunal. The permanent member Bjørnar Borvik, who is a professor at the University of Bergen, is associated with the Academicians through the Juristforbundet. The head of the tribunal, magistrate Liv Synnøve Taraldsrud, is also affiliated with the Norwegian Association of Judges, which in turn is affiliated with the Juristforbundet.

As a result of a special agreement from 1999, the judges do not have the right to strike, nor are they covered by the main tariff agreement, says Taraldsrud.

– When the government and LO are so clearly parties to the conflict, and in addition have a formal connection through the professional political cooperation, there must be consequences for the further processing, says Lied.

In Akademikerne stat, too, they react to the board’s composition.

(© NTB)

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