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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 

The threat of major strikes, meat and eggs becoming more expensive and families being eligible to receive financial support to buy children's glasses are among the stories from Norway on Tuesday.

Pictued is Tromsø.
Read about potential strikes, food prices and more in today's roundup of important news. Pictured is Tromsø from above. Photo by Datingjungle on Unsplash.

Mediation talks go to overtime

Thousands could be taken out on strike after mediation talks between the state, unions, and ombudsman ran into overtime for three separate settlements. 

As many as 3,500 employees are ready to strike from Tuesday morning if their demands are not met. The current mediation talks on wages cover government ministries, police, customs, and tax staff. 

In the municipal settlement, around 10,000 employees could be taken out on strike, affecting schools, kindergartens and services across the country. 

Oslo municipality negotiates separately from the state, and 1,700 staff could strike if an agreement isn’t reached. 

READ MORE: What foreign residents in Norway should know about workers’ unions

Meat and eggs to become more expensive 

From July 1st, meat and eggs will be more expensive, the board of food giant Natura has decided, agricultural newspaper Nationen writes. 

The wholesale price increase corresponds to a rise of 5.65 percent and comes after following rising costs over the winter and a regular price adjustment six months earlier. As a result, the cost of eggs will go up 80 øre per kilo. 

Several types of meat have increased by between 13 and 17 percent over the past year. Suppliers and supermarkets usually adjust their prices twice a year. 

READ ALSO: Five essential tips for saving money on food shopping in Norway

Families will be able to apply for financial support when buying kids’ glasses

The government has proposed reintroducing support for kids’ glasses. Under the scheme, children under 18 will be eligible to claim support for 75 percent of the costs, newspaper Aftenposten reports.  

The rules won’t apply to children who need glasses for reading. Families will be able to claim anywhere between 900 kroner and 3,975 kroner. If you meet the requirements, you will be able to apply for support from NAV. 

The proposal has been sent for consultation and could be brought in from the beginning of August. 

Minister of Labour and Social Inclusion Marte Mjøs Persen said that the new scheme would cover more families than the previous one. 

Norwegians’ financial expectations plummet

Norwegian households’ faith in the economic future has plummeted and is at its lowest level in 30 years, according to the latest survey conducted by Finans Norge and polling firm Kantar. 

The survey measures Norwegian households’ expectations of their own and the country’s economies. Confidence fell from 1.8 to -15.8 on the firm’s index between the first and second quarters. 

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday 

SAS pilots' strike postponed, PST and Oslo police admit communication has been unclear, several Pride events go ahead despite recommendations they be postponed and other headlines from Norway on Wednesday. 

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday 

SAS strike postponed for more mediation talks 

A strike which would’ve seen 900 SAS pilots taken out on strike from today has been postponed for three days so negotiations can continue between the company and the pilots’ representatives. 

The deadline for an agreement to be reached was originally midnight but has been moved to midnight Saturday, July 2nd. 

“It (the delay) is because there are complex questions that must be resolved,” Norwegian ombudsmen Mats Wihelm Ruland told reporters in Stockholm, where talks took place.

READ ALSO: What can SAS passengers do if their flight is affected by pilots’ strike?

PST and Oslo police admit communication following mass shooting has been unclear 

Following the cancellation of an LGBT solidarity event just hours before it was scheduled to start in Oslo on Monday, the authorities have admitted that their communications with the public could have been more transparent. 

“We understand that many feel frustration, disappointment and dissatisfaction after the police recommended cancelling the (solidarity) event,” police in Oslo wrote in a Facebook post

“We still have an unresolved situation. This means that the situation can change from minute to minute, hour to hour, and it has done so. Therefore, the police’s recommendations have also changed in recent days, something we understand can be perceived as unclear communication,” the post reads. 

Norway’s domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism service PST has said that its external communication could have been better. PST said their recommendation the event be cancelled was due to a lack of overview of people it believed could have posed a threat to the event. 

“We must learn that when we are in such a situation, the communication part must be better – that we have an equal understanding of the threat picture and of the assessments we make,” acting head of PST Roger Berg told broadcaster TV2

Pride events go ahead despite national police recommendation 

Several Pride events across the country will or have gone ahead despite a national police recommendation that they are postponed. 

In Mo I Rana, Haugesund and Trondheim Pride events will go ahead as planned, public broadcaster NRK and newspaper VG report. 

Organisers in Trondheim told The Local that they had been told there was no specific local threat by the authorities there, whereas event managers in Mo I Rana are going directly against the police recommendation.

Police and PST have recommended that events be postponed due to a fear of copycat attacks.

READ ALSO: Why police in Norway have advised that Pride events be postponed

Equinor plans Carbon capture pipeline 

Part state-owned Equinor will build a pipeline for transporting captured C02 from Europe for storage in the North Sea. 

The 1,000-kilometre-long pipe from Belgium will contribute to the decarbonisation of European industry, the firm hopes. 

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