Wednesday, January 26

The Minister of Trade and Industry meets the parties in working life for new measures

Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre will meet the parties in working life on Friday. The theme is the new corona measures from the government, and how they affect the business community.

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On Friday, Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre will meet with LO, Virke and NHO to hear how they assess the situation going forward towards Christmas.

In a meeting with the pressure, the Minister of Trade and Industry thanked for a “good constructive meeting”, and emphasized that “society has not been shut down”.

– The measures are initially intended for 14 days. We must have some ice in our stomachs, says the Minister of Trade and Industry.

– I take with me the input I have received here today. I have emphasized to the parties that the dialogue is important to us, says Vestre.

LO leader Peggy Hessen Følsvik emphasized that it is important to remain calm.

– I am very happy that we got into dialogue so quickly. The close dialogue is very important, says Følsvik.

– We are in a different situation now than in the previous round. We have a high degree of vaccination, and are not shut down. We must remain calm. We must not be intimidated into not using the opportunities we have, says the LO leader.

Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre on his way to the meeting with the parties in the business community.

The government introduced new measures and national recommendations to slow down the spread of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Thursday.

Subsequently, NHO and Virke have requested a new compensation scheme for companies that cannot operate as normal with the new measures.

The organizations also want the government to reduce the employer period in the event of sick leave and redundancy.

LO, for its part, will ask the government to prepare a wage support scheme that can be ready in 14 days if the situation worsens.

– Now we need first and foremost schemes that keep people in work. We ask the government to prepare a wage support scheme that can be rolled out to keep the wheels in motion, said LO leader Peggy Hessen Følsvik ahead of the meeting.

The LO leader also asks employers to stand up. Together with the authorities, they must ensure that employees receive free quick tests and offers of vaccines in the workplace, Følsvik believes.

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Reference-www.aftenposten.no

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