Longer hours, less pay
Norwegian workers have to accept to work more for less salary. It is an absolute necessity in order to save the jobs, claims Ulltveit-Moe, industry owner and former president of the Confederation of Norwegian Businesses and Industry (NHO).
The employees of Hansa Borg Bryggeri accepted salaries cuts last week. The employees of the airline company SAS have also accepted a pay cut.
«I think this is really good,» Ulltveit-Moe said to the Norwegian television channel NRK. He claims that by accepting pay cuts, employees secure their workplace.
He claims a cut of salary is the only way of maintaining a competitive edge.
«I want to invest in Norway, but I cant do that in the competing export industry with the development that we have in salary increases,» Ulltveit-Moe said.
He claims that the most important thing is to increase the working hours in order to cut the costs per hour. In Norway, an ordinary working week is 37.5 hours.
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