On September 20th, four unions representing bus drivers in Norway – Yrkestrafikkforbundet, Fellesforbundet, Jernbaneforbundet and Fagforbundet – asked their members to strike after following a breakdown in negotiations with employer organisations NHO Transport and Spekter.
As a result, around 3,800 bus drivers went on strike, bringing almost all city bus traffic in Oslo and the county of Viken to a halt.
Another 4,500 bus drivers went on strike Saturday September 26th. The additional strikes includes drivers in the following counties: all of Vestland, Trøndelag, Rogaland and Finnmark; large parts of Møre og Romsdal, Nordland and Agder.
For counties with partial strikes, the local areas affected are:
Møre og Romsdal: routes in Fræna, Eide, Midsund and Aukra; some departures between Ålesund and Stryn.
Nordland: Lofoten, Vesterålen, Ofoten, Andøya, Salten excluding Kjerringøy and Indre Helgeland.
Agder: all buses in Kristiansand and Vennesla, the Sørlandsekspressen bus connecting Kristiansand and Oslo.
City, regional and tourist buses are all encompassed by the strikes.
The four unions have said that, in the worst case, all of its members will eventually be instructed to strike, meaning almost 12,000 bus drivers across the country will take part in the action.