Hairdressers avert strike with ‘daddy perm’ deal

Norwegian hairdressers have called off a planned strike after the parties in the dispute combed over their differences on Wedneday morning to sculpt a striking new deal.

Hairdressers avert strike with 'daddy perm' deal
Good hair day (Photo: Julia Freeman-Woolpert )

It was a close shave, but an extension in proceedings eventually led to union representatives and craft federation NHO untangling their dispute to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement at 1am on Wednesday, union newspaper Fri Fagbevegelse reports.

Among the highlights of the deal is a commitment to guarantee 14 days of paternity leave, or “pappaperm”, for scissors-wielding new dads.

More stylish pompadour than botched mullet, the deal also entitles hair care professionals to payment ranging from 127 to 149 kroner per hour ($22-26), depending on their level of experience and training.

It’s not yet completely cut and dried however: a potentially hair-raising referendum will be held to give unionized coiffeurs the chance to accept the sweeping changes or leave the proposal on the floor.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

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The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.