Restaurant, Hotel Staff on Strike in Norway

Employees at Norway hotels, restaurants announce strike
Oslo Norway

Wikimedia/Bjorn Erik Pedersen

Workers at more than 360 hotels and restaurants across Norway announced they were going on strike as of this weekend. 

Tourism in Norway has been experiencing an upswing lately, since current exchange rates have made it a comparatively inexpensive place to visit. But people visiting Norway this week might find service to be a bit interrupted, because this morning employees at more than 360 hotels and restaurants across the country went on strike.

According to Reuters, approximately 3,500 workers went on strike as of 8 a.m. on Sunday. Before that, the labor union and the hotel and restaurant association reportedly held negotiations with a government mediator for 12 hours on Saturday. When they failed to reach an agreement Saturday night, the union announced that the workers would begin striking on Sunday.

The union was reportedly looking for higher wages for its lowest-earning members, and for the right to have local negotiations.

The strike will affect hotels and restaurants in cities all over Norway, including some large chains like Radisson Blu, Best Western, and Hard Rock Cafe.

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