On Thursday morning, about 56 nurses of Norwegian Nurses Association will go on a strike if the demands are not satisfied in the mediation with NHO Service and Trade.
The mediation started on Wednesday morning and has a deadline of 14 hours. The strike will take place if the parties do not reach any favorable agreement till midnight to Thursday. However, if there is still the opportunity to agree on the salary settlement, the parties will then choose to overlook the deadline.
“We always hope to avoid strikes, but it is a means we use when necessary, and we can strike for a long time,” says Eli Gunhild City, chairman of the Norwegian Nurses Association.
Initially resignation of 56 members from Thursday morning was announced by the Nurses Association. The members are picked up very carefully to hit the counter-party financially without endangering life and health. The care agreement covers about 500 nurses.
According to the association, the companies taken out in the first phase perform assignments for the health enterprises. Patient hotels, health centers and rehabilitation centers in six different counties are affected by the first strike exit.
Salary demands and sick pay scheme
Among other things, the Nurses Association has demanded similar pay and working conditions for nurses working in private companies who are members of the NHO as the nurses working in the public sector.
“We required a minimum salary of NOK 500,000 for nurses with 10 years of seniority. In addition, we demanded that nurses get a better sickness benefit scheme, said City after the break in the negotiations on October 1.