• Would you have liked to work seven days a week with no holiday, no sick pay and no pension scheme to look forward to?
  • What sort of life would you have if you were injured at work and were not covered by occupational injury insurance?
  • And what about having children with no maternity or paternity leave or parental leave?

Many people take benefits like these for granted, without giving any thought to those who fought for them. Life without trade unions would look very different. Your working conditions must continue to be safeguarded.

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Added certainty in uncertain times

In Coronavirus times, or other times you feel a bit unsecure, it will be good to have a trade union to support you in whatever you go through.

As a NITO-member, you have access to legal advisers who are ready to answer your questions. 

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Protect your rights and secure benefits by joining a trade union

Are these things that are important to you?

  • Education for all
  • The right to an employment contract
  • Starting salary, salary review meeting, wage negotiations and wage increases
  • Pension scheme
  • Working hours, core hours, overtime pay, time off in lieu, and sick pay
  • Lunch break, paid lunch, subsidised launch, overtime food, per diem allowance
  • Holiday and holiday pay
  • Occupational injury insurance, travel insurance and other insurance schemes
  • Gender equality
  • Maternity and paternity leave and parental leave for both the mother and the father
  • Right of co-determination regarding changes to your working day
  • HR-rules governing workplace safety and adaptation
  • Free mobile phone, newspaper, broadband, adjustable desk and many other benefits

What is a trade union?

A trade union is an amalgamation of workers in the same occupational group. Its primary task is to fight for better pay and good working conditions. (From Wikipedia)

Employers may not decide everything themselves; as an employee, you have a right of co-determination. There must be dialogue and negotiations between management and employees.

Development of Norwegian working life is also safeguarded through tripartite cooperation between employers, employees and the public authorities (also known as the Norwegian working life model).

The way in which value creation is distributed in companies has drawn considerable attention. After periods during which employees have managed to claim 'their share' of value creation, it often turns out that the shareholders' share increases. It is therefore important that trade unions continue to demand 'our share'. This is what NITO has done throughout the years, and it is what we will continue to do in the future.

The more we are, the stronger we are. Don't be a freeloader; join us and make us stronger. Get access to a wider network and get involved in developing benefits.

NITO protects the interests of technologists and engineers, and is the country's largest trade union representing this group. We help protect your rights and represent the voice of engineers and technologists in public debates.

Times are changing. You don't have to think of us as a trade union, but more as a partner that provides a lifetime of service and security.

Your next job may not even exist yet – are you the one who's going to create it? NITO is concerned with the digital transformation. We want to make sure that tomorrow's engineers and technologist – or whatever you're called in the future – also get a good deal. That’s when it’s good to have a trade union behind you.

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What happens if I don't join a trade union?

If you are not a member of a trade union, you don't have the same access to networks and professional experts as colleagues who do.

And what happens if the level of organised labour we have in Norway declines? Rights that have been gained over time will be at risk. The balance of power between employees and employers will shift.

A high level of organised labour strengthens employees' rights. When employers, employees and the public authorities work together, they contribute to promoting value creation and welfare in Norway.

Having strong, forward-looking trade unions is good for Norway.

Is NITO part of the The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)? No, NITO is not a federation in LO. As technologists or engineers with education at bachelor or master level or beyond, NITO is the trade union for you.

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