Why engineers and technologists should be a NITO member

  • There is strength in numbers: NITO has more than 100.000 members
  • Local presence: We are present at more than 1.900 Norwegian workplaces 
  • Local representation: There are more than 1.400 NITO groups with more than 4000 NITO representatives in the public and private sector
  • Local offices: NITO has 19 local branches with local executive committes spread across Norway. Find a NITO office near you (in norwegian).  
  • Supporting the new Norwegian workforce: More than 13.000 student members
  • Many years of experience: NITO was established March 1st 1936 
  • A politically independent trade union: Politically neutral and independent: NITO cooperates with all the political parties, depending on who will support our cause, and we are not part of an umbrella organization, which means that our members have more direct influence on our policies
  • Who we support: Anyone holding a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, PhD or higher education with a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in technology subjects. Also those with equivalent professional competence may apply.

NITO is represented throughout the country. Most of our members have an employee representative and a workplace group in their workplace.

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NITO's organisational structure:

NITO Congress

The congress is NITO's highest body, where representatives from NITO's local branches meet every three years. The agenda includes political issues, strategies and election of the Executive Board.

Elected councils and committees:

  • Ethics Committee
  • Nomination Committee
  • Legal Committee
  • Internal Audit

Executive Board

The Executive Board is NITO's highest political body between congresses.

National Conference

A broad spectrum of NITO's employee representatives meets every autumn at the National Conference.

Collective bargaining committees

The Executive Board appoints the collective bargaining committees (formerly negotiating committees) for the respective wage areas. The committees deal with central negotiations and conflict preparedness, evaluate local negotiations and arrange central collective wage conferences.

Workplace groups

The NITO members at each workplace make up a workplace group that elects its employee representatives. Employee representatives represent their members in negotiations with company management and attend the annual meeting in NITO's local branches.

Corporation and government agency groups

Many of NITO's members work in undertakings affiliated with corporations or government agencies. Individually, they comprise multiple workplace groups. Collectively, they constitute a corporation or government agency group that seeks to protect common interests in negotiations with a corporation or government agency.

NITO's local branches

NITO has 19 local branches that are led by locally elected employee representatives and staffed by their own staff. The branches establish and support workplace groups, and arrange courses and conferences.

NITO Students

NITO's student organisation is the right choice for students of engineering and technology subjects: 13,000 members, with local branches at 24 educational institutions.

NITO's Secretariat

The Secretariat is chaired by Egil Thompson, General Secretary.

The Secretariat has approximately 160 employees, approximately 30 of whom work in NITO's local branches.

  • Department for Negotiations and Labour Market Policy
    - negotiations, employee representative development and legal assistance
  • Institute of Biomedical Science (BFI)
  • Technical and Marketing Department
    - insight and innovation, marketing, courses, conferences and professional networks
  • Communications Department
  • Organisation Department
    - organisational development, NITO Students, workplace groups, most of the staff work at NITO's local branch offices
  • Public Policy Politic Department
    - consultations, reports, statistics, policy
  • Finance and Administration
    - budget, accounts, IT, HR, operations, service centre