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Factsheet for measure NO-2020-14/1082 – measures in Norway
|Country||Norway , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 31 March 2020 – 29 September 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 employers’ association, Private Kindergarten National Association (PBL), and unions organising kindergarten personnel (Fagforbundet, Utdanningsforbundet, Delta), made an agreement on working time regulations in kindergartens in case that there might be a need to provide an extended service to children of employees in essential services (for example hospitals, nursing homes). According to the agreement, kindergartens could extended opening hours and keep open at night to provide care after discussions with shop stewards.
The agreement from 31 March between Private Kindergarten National Association (PBL) and unions organising kindergarten personnel, 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 originally 26 weeks, and the agreement could be terminated with two months' 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 employers’ association, Private Kindergarten National Association (PBL), and unions organising kindergarten personnel (Fagforbundet, Utdanningsforbundet, Delta), 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.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|P - Education||P85 Education|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Personal care workers|
Eurofound (2020), Frame agreement on working time regulations in kindergartens in connection with coronavirus, measure NO-2020-14/1082 (measures in Norway), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NO-2020-14_1082.html
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