In Norway pay and working hours are generally regulated by collective agreements. NTL’s main position is that pay should be negotiated collectively with strike action being the ultimate response to conflict resolution. It is only by following this process we can achieve a fair level of remuneration for all NTL members. It is NTL’s opinion that individual pay negotiation shifts the balance of power in the direction of the employer and widens the gender pay gap over time.
Therefore, in the state sector, NTL generally argues for nationwide negotiations covering all employees in the sector. We argue against local negotiations as they will ultimately benefit certain groups at the expense of others and to a large extent be at the discretion of local managers.