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Local salary negotiations

Local salary negotiations

Here is a guide to the preparation of pay claims for the annual local negotiations, as well as general information about the local salary negotiations pursuant to the Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service.


Guidance for those who wish to submit a pay claim

Which agreement applies to you?

There are two basic collective agreements for the civil service.

  • For members of one of the associations within the Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations (Akademikerne), NITO or the Norwegian Association of Pharmacists, the Akademikerne’s agreement applies.
  • Everyone else, including non-unionised employees, are covered by the LO-YS-Unio agreement.

Deadline for submitting pay claims

If you plan to submit a pay claim this year, contact your trade union representative as soon as possible for information about the deadline, unless you have already received information about this.

  • For Akademikerne and its affiliated organisations, the deadline for submitting claims is 24 September.
  • Other organisations must inform their members of their respective deadlines for submitting claims.
  • If you are not unionised, you can submit a claim to your manager as soon as possible and no later than 20 September.

How much should you claim?

The employers and trade unions have agreed that the claims should genrally  be of 2 to 3 salary grades or of NOK 20 000,- to NOK 50 000,-. Exceptions to this must be justified.

The employers and trade unions have agreed that the time that has passed since your last salary assessment as well as the size of your previous promotion, are important factors when it comes to determining how your pay claim is prioritised.

Wage development and salary level at OsloMet

Have a look at the statistics on the current salary level and the recent years’ wage developments. NB: You must be logged in to open the documents.

Assessment criteria

Read about the assessment criteria for the local negotiations in OsloMet's pay policy. Here you can see what the employer and the trade unions place particular emphasis on in connection with wage changes or promotion. Feel free to use these assessment elements when writing your pay claim.

Special priorities in this year's settlement

Employers and trade unions have presented their special priorities for this year's negotiations in the preparatory meetings. The minutes of these meetings may contain useful information for those who wish to write a claim.

How to write your claim

  • Short and accurate claims are preferred. The claim should be of one page and no more than two pages including personal details.
  • Do not submit your CV or literature lists with the claim. All claims received by the employer will be submitted to the immediate manager, who expresses his/her opinion. The manager is already required to know about relevant work experience, research work and the like. It will therefore not be necessary to document everything in the claim.
  • Use the forms below:

Pay claim forms

Pay claims should be put forward in these standardised forms. All forms are currently only available in Norwegian.

  • 2.5.1-skjema for ansatte (.dotx) Lønnsslippeksempel (.pdf)
  • 2.5.1-skjema for ledere (.dotx)

2.5.3 - Claim forms for employees:

  • 2.5.3 - skjema for ansatte (docx)
  • 2.5.3 - skjema for ansatte (odt)

2.5.3 - Claim forms for employers:

  • 2.5.3 - skjema for arbeidsgiver (docx)
  • 2.5.3 - skjema for arbeidsgiver (odt)

Key points about this year’s salary negotiations

Information about the central salary negotiation can be found on the government's website (regjeringen.no).

Date of effect

If you receive a pay rise, the promotion takes effect from these dates:

  • 1 May 2018 for employees affiliated with the Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations 
  • 1 July 2018 for the rest

Date of negotiations for the local salary negotiations

The trade unions and the administration at OsloMet will hold two negotiations on 25 and 26 October respectively for the Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations, and on 29 - 31 October and 2 November for LO, YS and Unio. The last round also includes the non-unionised.

Framework for this year's settlement

LO, YS and Unio have agreed on a pool of money which for OsloMet amounts to NOK 22 166 983,-. This is an addition to the amount which is distributed centrally with a minimum rise of 1.25% to everyone as of 1 May.

The Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations have agreed on pool of money which for OsloMet amounts to NOK 4 897 500,-. There are no additions centrally.

Local salary negotiation – general information

Here you will find general information about salary negotiations at OsloMet - negotiations according to the Basic Agreement(s), paragraphs 2.5.1 and 2.5.3 (previously 2.3.3 and 2.3.4).

According to the Basic Collective Agreement, only the parties (i.e. the employer on one side or the trade unions on the other) may promote pay claims or claims for position changes. If you wish to make a claim on your own behalf, you must therefore submit your claim to your trade union and get them to put it forwardt. Alternatively, you may submit the claim to your manager, who then chooses to file the claim through the Faculty Administration / HR department. If you are a non-unionised employee, only your manager can put forward claims for you.

The Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service

There are essentially two types of local salary negotiations; the 2.5.1- and 2.5.3 negotiations. These have been given their names according to where they can be found in the Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service.

Two different basic collective agreements have been stipulated. One of them is between the Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations and the State (the agreement also applies to NITO and the Norwegian Pharmaceutical Association), the second is between LO-Stat, Unio, YS-Stat and the State. The latter agreement also includes non-unionised.

2.5.1 negotiations

Salary negotiations in the State is a process that takes place in three stages:

  1. The main settlement is the central negotiation in which the entire Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service is subject to discussion. The value of each salary grade is determined in the main settlement. It is only in connection with this part of the settlement that the parties - both trade unions and employers - are allowed to make use of industrial action such as strikes or lockouts.
  2. The adjustment settlement also takes place between the central parties. Here the parties make changes to the salary framework or changes that apply to entire occupational groups or job codes.
  3. The local wage settlement is the final step in the process, and takes place in the autumn. The central parties have allocated a certain percentage of the total settlement for local distribution. In addition, the local employer party may choose to contribute with additional funds.

Two separate local negotiations will take place – one based on the Akademikerne’s agreement and one based on the LO/YS/UNIO agreement.

2.5.3 negotiations

There are three annual rounds of the 2.5.3 negotiations - in February, June and October. The deadlines for submitting pay rise claims is the beginning of January, May and September respectively.

Claims put forward according to this provision should have one (or more) of the following three reasons:

  • The duties of the position have changed significantly. The change must be qualitative – i.e. the duties are of a different nature than previously. That your workload has increased is not a valid change. Furthermore, the change must large to the extent where it can no longer be considered a natural development of the job. The higher the qualification degree is for your position, the more new tasks you will have to tolerate without counting on a salary increase.
  • You have done an extraordinary effort in your job. This is something else than just working hard and doing your share of the workload in an everyday life characterised by seasonal ups and downs. You must have done something beyond what an employer would normally expect of you. This will normally be rewarded with a time limited bonus (kronetillegg) instead of a permanent pay rise in the form of a salary grade promotion.
  • Pay rise to recruit or retain an employee. If someone is about to leave OsloMet, or if the employer or trade union has a specific and legitimate reason to fear this, they can claim a pay rise for the employee in question. It is primarily the employer who tends to make claims pursuant to this provision, but the trade unions may also do this. A fixed date has not been set for the effects of 2.5.3-claims. The date of effect is subject to negotiation in the actual claim. If no claims have been made about the promotion and its date of effect, the date will be set to the 1st of the month in which the claim is submitted.

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