Trykket er stort og forhandlerne har det beintøft når det lir på, sier Roar Abrahamsen, veteran fra frontfagsoppgjørene.
The negotiations drag on, 10 hours of overtime:
10 hours of overtime: - The dealers have it tough
The pressure is great and the dealers have it tough when it comes down to it,
says Roar Abrahamsen, a veteran of the frontline settlements.
Almost ten hours after the deadline for a solution in the front subject
expired, negotiations are still ongoing between Fellesforbundet and Norsk
There are now many indications that it may take longer in the afternoon
before there can be a solution that both parties are in favor of. It is
reported that the delegations are still negotiating on several points, but that
there is movement and progress.
• No clarification in the collective bargaining agreement: Meet at work as
usual, says Fellesforbundet
If there is no solution on the table, 27,000 industrial workers will go on
strike and the collective bargaining agreements that follow will be far more
difficult. In the first instance, it will be the building trades, which
- The dealers are in the broker bubble now, and it's really tough. The
biggest pressure is on union leader Jørn Eggum, says Roar Abrahamsen.
• Fellesforbundet rolls out all the cannons in the wage settlement. This is
what the controversy is about
The front subject often ends up far out in the small morning hours. The
record was set in 2014, when it took 18 hours over the deadline before an
agreement was reached.
The front subject sets the list for all the settlements that come after, both
what is achieved in wage supplements and other major reforms or changes.
Experience from the sprint
Roar Abrahamsen has three times before sat on the so-called narrower
committee in the front-line negotiations, the small group of three that each
party makes the last and decisive decisions during mediation with the national
mediator. He was also central in the coordinated settlement two years ago.
• See list: These can be taken out on strike
This year, Abrahamsen follows the settlement from Bergen, where he is head
of the association's largest department, department 5 with around 5,000
members. He therefore does not know anything concrete about how the
negotiations are going now, but knows well the intense atmosphere from the
settlement that drags on.
- At the same time, it is a completely extraordinary situation now. We are
in the middle of the worst crisis since World War II. At worst, 400,000 were
without a job, there are still 200,000 who are in that predicament, says
Abrahamsen. He says that he has registered a number of high expectations that
everything possible can be arranged in this collective bargaining agreement.
- Those who believe that are, to put it mildly, high on themselves, says
• Debate: "The minimum wage is at a desperately low level"
The crowns at last
Normally, the krone supplement is the last to be negotiated in the
settlement. Abrahamsen explains that it is because the parties must first
calculate what the cost of all the other changes in the collective agreement
- Our number crunchers have to do that job. When the parties then agree on
the framework, the krone supplement can be discussed, he says.
Abrahamsen has reacted strongly to the fact that NHO in its negotiating
position flatly rejects that there may be additions in local negotiations.
- There are complete holes in the head. Should NHO's supervisory board
deprive us of our free right to bargain? In a crisis like the one we are in
now, local negotiations are perfect. The companies that do poorly give zero.
But it should not apply to those who go so it laughs. There the workers must
have their share.
• Also read: Permitted people will also go on strike
Who is covered?
Another requirement that Roar Abrahamsen believes has gone under the radar,
but which is important for Fellesforbundet, concerns who is to be covered by
the collective agreement. Is it the case that when operators are further
trained, they will leave the Fellesforbundet and join a functionaries' union?
No, Abrahamsen answers.
- Remember, a skilled worker today is not the same as when the collective
agreement was written. Automation and robotisation are important and something
we support, but it should not ruin the organization and the trade union
Robert Jaques de Vries
Leder / manager
SAIPEM EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
Address: Tenvikveien 64, N-3140 Nøtterøy, NORWAY
Phone: +47 92213442
Publisert av: Odd Gunnar Øye | Sist oppdatert: 21.08.2020 kl 13:38 | Opprettet: 21.08.2020