Did you know?

In Norway, 80 % of employees in the state and municipal sector (and 50 % of the total workforce) are members of a trade union. At state owned higher education and research institutions, around 80 % of the staff is organised.

Norwegian trade unions play a significant role in the system of collective bargaining, in salary negotiations, and in defending employees’ rights. The trade unions negotiate for individual salary increases for their members in the local salary negotiations at each workplace.

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– Union representatives keep the Norwegian labour market together

Norway has a unique labour market. It is efficient, productive, and adaptable; largely because of union representatives, says special adviser Kari Folkenborg in Forskerforbundet.

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Meet some of our international members

Read more about why Viviana, Augustin, Sven and Wrenn chose to join Forskerforbundet:

"Support is vital in a foreign culture"

Viviana Daza Ramos from Colombia is a PhD candidate in education. Having the support of a union gives Viviana peace of mind – and helps to fuel her passion.

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"Joining Forskerforbundet helped me get a raise"

It took a while before Augustin Mortier decided to become a member of Forskerforbundet, but the French meteorologist has no regrets that he did.

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"I feel safe knowing that the union is on my side"

German archaeologist Sven Ahrens compares union membership to fire insurance. "You don't think your house will burn down, but if it does, you're covered."

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“Learning by representing is quite the experience”

The benefits of being a member of Forskerforbundet are both collective and individual, according to NUPI researcher Wrenn Yennie Lindgren from USA.

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