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Norway – Union wants veto on EU Agency Work Directive

25 January 2012

One of Norway’s largest unions wants the Government to veto the European Agency Work Directive (AWD). Union leader Anders Folkestad said that the Directive will not ensure equal treatment between temporary and permanent employees and urges the Government to make use of its veto right.

Norway, although not a member of the European Union, follows EU laws and regulations as part of its membership in the European Economic Area (EEA).

“We fear a two-tier layer system in the workplace where the Directive encourages more use of temporary work [allowing] staffing agencies to operate on lower pension terms,” said Mr Folkestad.

The union has about 300,000 members, and is one of the first to signal a clear ‘no’ on the use of the Directive. 

The Norwegian Government itself is split over the introduction of the AWD. 


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