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The sharing economy threatens Nordic trade unions

The sharing economy is a brand new phenomenon which has exploded into fast moving marketplaces with names like Uber, Netflix and Airbnb. It’s all about renting, not owning — be it a car, a boat, a bike or using your own home to make a little extra cash. New online technology creates new opportunities for both consumers and producers, without anyone really knowing the future extent or consequences of this market. The Nordic Labour Journal looks at how the sharing economy is shaping up in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, and how it affects the labour market.

Dec 12, 2014 | Photo: AP Photo/John Locher/NTB scanpix

Above: The taxiservice Uber has now been launched in the Nordic countries. Here is area manager for Northwest USA, William Barnes, during a launch in Las Vegas.

 

 

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Gerd Kristiansen Gerd Kristiansen: Norwegian LO leader with a backbone

There is tension in the air. The leader for Norway’s largest labour organisation is incensed with the government’s labour policies and its lack of cooperation on the proposed new work environment act which would grant employers more powers to hire people on temporary contracts. Her determination can be felt across the room.

“This is a central issue for Norwegian workers. What is being presented to us makes me incredibly agitated,” Gerd Kristiansen tells the Nordic Labour Journal.

Two days later she and the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) announce a political strike. This has not happened since 2003, when one was held as a protest against the budget of the then centre-right government. This time it is about the present centre-right government’s proposed new work environment act.

(Photo: Trond Isaksen)

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Denmark 6.6 -September

Finland 8.2 - September

Norway 3.7 - September

Iceland 4.1 - September

Sweden 7.9 - October

OECD 7.2 - September

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