Beer, bakery and meat strikes could hit Norway

Beer, bakery and meat strikes could hit Norway
Beverage and bakery employees have threatened to strike. Photos: Thomas Bjørnflaten and Heiko Junge / Scanpix
Failing a succesful mediation, Norwegians face a possible shortage of beer, hot dogs and baked goods as a result of workers’ strikes.
Brewers are threatening to go on strike from Wednesday morning, followed by bakers on Thursday and the meat industry on Friday. 
Parties in the beverage industry have been in mediation since Monday after salary negotiations broke down in mid-April. The mediation deadline expires on Wednesday morning. 
Over a thousand beverage industry employees and 582 bakery workers across the country will go on strike this week if salary negotiations fail.
The beverage and bakery workers are represented by the Norwegian Food and Allied Workers Union (Norsk Nærings- og Nytelsesmiddelarbeiderforbund – NNN), whose chief negotiator Stein Hagala told NTB that “little has been done” to reach a wage agreement with employer’s association NHO Mat og Drikke. 
A beverage workers' strike would impact employees at Coca-Cola, EC Dahls Bryggeri, Grans Bryggeri, Macks Ølbryggeri, Ringnes, Telemark Kildevann and Voss Production AS.
A bakery strike would affect employees of Mesterbakeren AS, Bakehuset AS and Kløverbakeriet, all of which deliver baked goods to Norwegian supermarkets.
As if the prospect of a beer and bread strike wasn’t enough, some 1,500 employees of 21 companies within the meat industry say that they will walk off the job on Friday morning if their wage negotiations aren’t successful. 

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