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Factsheet for measure NO-2020-14/1081 – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 31 March 2020 – 31 August 2020|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
|Author||Aasmund Arup Seip, FAFO and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 September 2020|
On 31 March, the state employer and the central organisations in the state sector (Unio, LO Stat, Akademikerne and YS Stat) made an agreement concerning child welfare institution under the Child, Adolescent and Family Agency. The agreement was meant to be used if there was a need to take care of young people who live in a child welfare institution and who were infected with coronavirus, or were ill with suspected coronavirus, where it was not possible to use ordinary shift.
The agreement of 31 March, between the state employer and the central organisations in the state sector (Unio, LO Stat, Akademikerne and YS Stat), gave the employer and the employee in child welfare institutions opportunity to agree on companion shifts with a duration up to 7 days.
The agreement could be used if there was a need to take care of young people infected with coronavirus or ill with suspected coronavirus, where it was not possible to use ordinary shift. The agreement regulates remuneration and requires that the employee is allowed necessary periods of rest. The agreement was made pursuant to section 10-12 (4) in the Working Environment Act that gives larger trade unions right to enter into a collective agreement that deviates from the law's working hours provisions. The validity period of the agreement was from 30 March 2020 until 31 August 2020, and the agreement could be terminated with one month’s notice from each of the parties.
No information to date.
Employees in standard employment
Workers in care facilities
Workers in essential services
Companies providing essential services
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The collective agreement on working time during the COVID-19 pandemic was negotiated by the state employer and the central organisations in the state sector (Unio, LO Stat, Akademikerne and YS Stat), to facilitate crisis management. By taking such action, the social partners wanted to keep regulation of working time in a collective agreement and avoid provisional legislation.
The social partners are supportive of regulation through collective agreements and quickly reached an agreement.
This case is sector-specific (only public sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q87 Residential care activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Agreement on care for young people in child welfare institutions who are infected with coronavirus, or are ill with suspected coronavirus, measure NO-2020-14/1081 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NO-2020-14_1081.html
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