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Basic Collective Agreement For The Civil Service Norway

1. A protocol shall be kept on the negotiations. The minutes shall contain information on the time and place of the meeting, the names of the parties and their representatives, the documents submitted and the final outcome of the negotiations. Where replies to the proposals submitted are necessary, the deadlines for such replies shall be set and recorded in the minutes. In the absence of an agreement, the positions of the parties will be recorded in the minutes at the end of the negotiations. Many of the salary and employment benefits you receive as a public servant have been negotiated through centralized collective bargaining (The Basic Collective Agreement for the Public Service). Collective bargaining, both on wages and on work performance, takes place every six months, while negotiations on wages take place in the middle years. Overtime must not exceed 10 hours per seven-day period, 25 hours of overtime per consecutive four-week period and 200 hours per consecutive period of 52 weeks. These restrictions may be derogated from agreements with a trade union and from decisions of the labour inspectorate.

This Agreement shall enter into force on 1 February 2006 and shall apply until 31 December 2008 inclusive. The contract is valid for a period of one year, unless it is terminated by one of the parties with a period of three months. 2. In cases where the working situation of workers in a number of agencies is seriously compromised, the decisive principles of participation shall be laid down in a separate agreement. The agreement is concluded between the ministry concerned and the civil service trade unions concerned, cf. § 9. Where agencies under several separate ministries are concerned, the agreement shall be concluded between the Ministry and the confederations. The agreement clarifies the question of who represents the parties. In addition, the designated parties should be free to decide for themselves the practical arrangements provided for in paragraph 3 of Section 2 and Section 13 of the Basic Agreement.

In each agency, the parties shall jointly and separately ensure continuous monitoring and training of trade union leaders and representatives in order to reach a common understanding of the intentions of the basic agreement. Annual evaluation meetings shall be organised within each Agency with a view to exchanging experience on cooperation between the Parties and the application of the Basic Agreement and the Adaptation Agreement, in combination, if necessary, with training. These meetings shall be organised jointly by the Parties in the same cooperation arena. The highest representative of the employer is expected. Minutes are kept of the annual meetings. § 6 Disputes concerning the interpretation of the adaptation agreement (litigation) 1. The employer of each agency is the administrative unit responsible for dealing with the matters covered by the basic agreement or adaptation agreement. 3. The information shall be provided at meetings and/or in writing/electronically. Elected trade union representatives shall be informed at all times of the documents relevant to the matters in question. Case documents are usually transmitted by a request for discussion or negotiation.

Further guidelines on how and when to transmit information shall be laid down in the adaptation agreement for each agency/operational entity, where requested by one of the Parties. All workers who do not exercise managerial or particularly self-employed functions are entitled to overtime pay. . . .