Elkjøp’s drivers get the support of the court to stay with their job

Court orders Elkjøp employees to stay with their job until it is decided whether the termination of drivers and warehousekeepers at Lørenskog is legal or not. 

“We are incredibly pleased that the court of law has dealt with the issue and we have been given a decision we are delighted with. The court goes a long way in determining whether the terminations are valid. We are pleased, “says Pål Aronsen, the Oslo Transport Workers’ Association, for the FriFag movement .

Elkjøp takes note of the preliminary decision.

“We will put it closer to it and make a thorough assessment over the weekend, but we will nevertheless settle according to what the court decides,” said Stein Riibe, chief executive officer of Elkjøp.

Last summer employees of Elkjøp held a strike against their employer which led this case. 40 employees received a review for the company to enter into a collective agreement. Elkjøp thought it was too expensive to pay a tariff, they decided to end the exit of goods and rent another company for this.

The staff were resigned, but a group of them protested. The alleged terminations were invalid and required to stand in positions.

Elkjøp originally supported the dismissals in Lower Romerike District Court, but Eidsivating Court of Appeal decided on Friday that it is doubtful whether Elkjøp has attempted enough to secure new employees. They will stay in the job until it is finally decided whether the original termination is invalid.

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