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Strike threat averted: IKEA avoids closure in Norway with costly agreement

After intense negotiations, a looming labour strike in Norway has been averted, sparing IKEA from potentially shutting down eight of its stores in the country.

The labour dispute, which threatened to involve 1,400 employees from companies such as IKEA, Clas Ohlson, Synsam, and Oda, reached a critical point as the deadline approached. If an agreement had not been reached last week, a widespread strike would have ensued, severely impacting IKEA.

The new agreement between HK Norge and the employer organization NHO Service og Handel includes a general wage increase of 7 kroner per hour effective from April 1 this year. Additionally, minimum wages and meal compensation have been raised.

The costly yet successful negotiation ensures that IKEA and other companies involved can continue their operations without disruption, much to the relief of their employees and customers alike.

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