A Nordic strategy for maintaining a supply of labour?
As with the rest of Europe, the labour force in the
Nordic countries will change in the future. There is
a great risk of a future lack of manpower. Therefore,
during the autumn, discussions will start between
politicians and the social partners in the Nordic
countries regarding future manpower requirements.
The challenge is to find strategies that cover future manpower needs, without renouncing fundamental value systems.
Nordic PESs cooperate effectively - but continued obstacles to a true common labour market
«The public employment services (PESs) in the Nordic
countries cooperate effectively when employers are
looking for labour from neighbouring countries.
Contacts are made easily and trustfully, and are based
on confidence and familiarity.
» So says international director Peter R. Myklebust,
of the Norwegian Directorate of Labour.
Initiative to strengthen Nordic cooperation in the IT area
The Nordic countries cannot rest on their laurels just because they have had success with the new technology. If IT is to be accessible to all, a joint effort and cooperation between the Nordic countries is needed, says Lennart Daleus, leader of the Swedish Centre party and member of the European Committee of the Nordic Council.
Fierce debate about Norwegian sickness benefit
The costs of sick pay and sickness pension in Norway
have increased dramatically in recent years and
correspond to half the income from the oil pumped
out of the North Sea.This is worrying in consideration
of not only the costs but also the drain on manpower.
"We will stand up as a people and demand what is rightfully ours. We will take responsibility for ourselves and for our families. And as politicians we will take responsibility for our country."