Department of Sociology
New publication by Lekve

"Labour struggles in the new world of work"

Does internationalization of the labour market pose a threat to the Norwegian model? In this article, Lekve examines this question through an analysis of the strike in Norse Production during the autumn of 2017.

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The case is constructed through document analysis, participatory observation and qualitative interviews, and is a good candidate to enlighten us on the relationship between the Norwegian model and internationalization, because the conflict about Norse Production is characterized by eastern European workers and the establishment of a Norwegian Registered Foreign Company (NUF). The case also shows a successful mobilization from the workers and their union. As such the article illustrate the Norwegian unions ability to mobilize, but also how new challenges that arise as a consequence of internationalization still changes the power balance between employees and employers – and thus undermines the relative equality of power that serves as a basis for the Norwegian model.

For more information and access to the article, visit idunn.no.

You might also be interested in Lekve's article in the daily "klassekampen" (11.02.2020) (the article is in Norwegian).