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Helene Gundersen at a strike demonstration at Egertorget. 

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- Firstly, NITO encourages you to prepare for exams as normal, and follow updated information from your place of study, says Helene Gundersen, head of NITO Students.

- They are responsible for keeping you informed about what is happening with your particular course of study, and whether there may be consequences for the completion of exams, she says.

The campuses NMBU, NTNU, Oslo Met, University of Bergen, University of Oslo, University of Stavanger and University of South-Eastern Norway are affected by the strike in the state, but to slightly different degrees.

What is a strike?

Strikes are the strongest tool a union has to gain acceptance for important demands. Strikes mean that employees collectively stop working, in order to force a solution to a disagreement between a union and an employer.

Why is there a strike?

There are several reasons why there is a strike in the state. In short, it is about the working conditions of the employees at your place of study. Those who work to ensure that you get the best possible quality of your education.

In general, the state, which runs the place of study you attend, has problems recruiting employees and getting hold of the skills they need. This is because the wage level in the private sector is higher for those who have a college and university education. Therefore, many choose to work in the private sector rather than in the state.

This affects the services you receive at your place of study and as a citizen of society.

Government employees with higher education have long had poor wage development, both compared to highly educated people in the private sector and government employees with a short education.

But eight years ago, the trend was reversed, when government employees who are members of the trade unions in Akademikerne got their own collective agreement. Previously, there was a common collective agreement for all employees in the state, but now we got two; one for Akademikerne and one for the organizations LO, YS and UNIO.

In 2022, UNIO chose to switch to Akademikerne's collective agreement, so that this collective agreement became the one that applied to most government employees.

Wants to keep the collective agreements

With the agreement between Akademikerne and UNIO, the employees at your place of study can negotiate salaries where they work. This has led to slightly higher salaries and development in the right direction.

Now the state will once again gather all employees in one collective agreement with poorer conditions for wage negotiations. With such an agreement, those who work at your place of study will not be able to negotiate salary where they work, but will only have a salary supplement determined centrally.

This will slow down wage growth and make it more difficult to recruit and retain highly educated labour. This in turn can affect the services you receive as a student and resident.

NITO is also on strike

Akademikerne negotiates on behalf of NITO's members who work in the state. That is why NITO also has working members on strike, even though it may not be NITO's members who are on strike where you study.

Read more about the strike: 

Strike in the state