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Working Conditions in Norway

Information about the Norwegian system of wage negotiations and various acts and regulations relating to working life in Norway.

Acts Relating to Working Life in Norway

The Working Environment Act ("Arbeidsmiljøloven")
Act relating to working environment, working hours and employment protection, etc.

Civil Service Act (pdf file) ("Tjenestemannsloven")
Act relating to civil servants, etc. [Note; Translation prior to August 1995]

Guide to the Working Environment Act and the Holidays Act (pdf), issued by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority.

Equality and Anti-Discrimination Act ("Likestillings- og diskrimineringsloven")
Act relating to equality and a prohibition against discrimination.

Basic Agreements for the Civil Service
("Hovedavtalen" and "Hovedtariffavtalen")

Basic Agreement for the Civil Service ("Hovedavtalen i staten")
(valid 2006-2008). The newer agreements have not been translated into English.

Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service ("Hovedtariffavtalen i staten") (valid 2006-2008). The newer agreements have not been translated into English.

Collective Wage Agreement Negotiations and Mediations

Common Words and Terms in Collective Wage Agreement Negotiations and Mediations (pdf)
(from Riksmekleren / the National Mediator)

Inclusive Working Life: The 'IA Agreement'

Letter of Intent regarding a more inclusive working life (4 March 2014 – 31 December 2018)

Pensions

Information about pensions from the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Useful reports

Labour relations in Norway by Espen Løken, Torgeir Aarvaag Stokke and Kristine Nergaard, Fafo (pdf, 2013)

Academic Salaries in Norway by Svein Kyvik, NIFU (pdf, 2010)

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