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Strike – information to employees

Read about what you, as an employee, are to do in the event of a strike. This page will continuously be updated with information about the consequences of a possible strike at OsloMet.

What is happening?

The government and the trade unions YS, Unio and LO stat have broken off negotiations, and there may now be a strike. The mediation deadline is 24.00 on Wednesday 23 May.

Questions and answers

How do I find out if there is going to be a strike?

Those who are taken out on strike will receive information about this from their trade unions. Otherwise, check the media and news broadcasts.

How will I know when the strike is over?

Those who are taken out on strike will receive information about this from their trade unions. Otherwise, check the media and news broadcasts.

Do I get paid if I am taken out on strike?

You will receive strike pay instead of ordinary pay. If you are taken out on strike, you will receive information about this from your trade union, and you must comply with this information.

Do I have to hand in my mobile phone or laptop if it is covered by my work?

Employees can keep mobile phones they pay tax on. Mobile phones that are used purely in connection with work must be handed in to your unit or left in the workplace.

Those on strike will still have access to email. Laptops should be left in the office.

Can I answer emails?

No, you are not to answer emails while you are on strike. OsloMet will not close employees’ email accounts. However, you are not allowed to open or work on work-related emails. You are on strike and you are not to use OsloMet’s email system while the strike is in effect.

Can I forward emails?

No, you cannot forward emails while you are on strike. You are on strike and you are not to use OsloMet’s email system while the strike is in effect.

Can I cancel meetings?

No, you cannot cancel meetings while you are on strike. You are on strike and you are not to use OsloMet’s systems while the strike is in effect.

Can I set up an automatic out of office message on email (and am I then allowed to give a different contact address for enquiries while I am on strike)?

No, you cannot set up an out of office message if you are taken out on strike and nor can you set up an alternative contact address. You are on strike and you are not allowed to work from private equipment while the strike is in effect.

Where do I go instead of going to work if I am taken out on strike?

Everyone taken out on strike will receive information from their trade union about what they are to do and they must comply with this information.

Am I allowed to enter my place of work when I am on strike?

Those on strike can meet up outside the buildings, and they can use OsloMet’s toilets. They can buy food and drinks from SiO’s sales outlets, but they are not allowed to spend more time than necessary in the sales outlets. Those on strike are otherwise not allowed to be inside the buildings. Rooms are reserved for the employee representatives’ strike committees.

How do I avoid assuming the work duties of a colleague who has been taken out on strike (strikebreaking)?

Employees who are not on strike shall perform their normal daily work duties.

If a picket rota is in place, it can be organised to ensure that a minimum staff is in place, but the workload must not increase so that employees have to work more than their normal work hours. You cannot perform work duties other than those you normally do.

I have students who will be affected by the strike who are asking questions about what they are to do. What should I say?

You shall refer students to the website student.hioa.no/streik. They will find up-to-date and consistent information there.