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PSI' Norwegian affiliate press charges against private health company

The municipal employees’ union, Fagforbundet, has reported the Aleris Ungplan and Boi private care company to the authorities for possible breaches of labour, health and safety, tax and even criminal law. The union has taken up cases for several workers who have been denied their rights on pay, sick pay and pensions and forced to work excessive hours. The cases mainly involve workers who were taken on as "consultants" rather than employees so that the company could avoid paying pension, sickness and other costs. The company is a subsidiary of a major private sector health and social care provider, Aleris, and Fagforbundet says this is one of the worst cases of social dumping in the welfare sector it has seen and also wants action by regional government which is responsible for health and social care provision.

Source: PSI

Education support and cultural workers in Norway

May-Britt Sundal, vice-president of the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees–Fagforbundet division for church, culture, children and youth, discusses education support and cultural workers in Norway. She explains that “the cleaning workers’ division in Fagforbundet is the most affected by privatization, but in the sector I represent, privatization also presents a threat to kindergartens, where private investors are eager to obtain their share of public funding.”

Source: www.world-psi.org

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