Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees
Fagforbundet is the largest union in LO Norway (The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions), with nearly 340,000 members. Our members work in the public sector, in local and county government and in hospitals, as well as in the private sector. We also organise apprentices and students.
More than 100 different occupations are represented in the union. Members are organised into four divisions according to their profession:
- Division for Health and Social Services (SHS)
- Division for Church, Culture, Children and Youth (SKKO)
- Division for Public Transport and Technical Staff (SST)
- Division for Office and Administration (SKA)
Fagforbundet's main task is to ensure that our members' pay and job conditions are good and secure.
Mette Nord is Fagforbundet's president.
Fagforbundet was established in June, 2003 by a merger of two trade unions: The Norwegian Union of Municipal Employees (Norsk Kommuneforbund) of 1920 and The Norwegian Association of Health and Care Personnel (Norsk Helse og Sosialforbund) of 1965. The new trade union was named Fagforbundet - “The Union”, or The Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE).
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Fagforbundet is constituted by more than 550 local branches. Each local branch is a fully functional trade union at the local level. When you join Fagforbundet, you become a member of your local branch, which will secure and protect their members’ interest vis-à-vis employers and authorities. Your local shop steward is your representative in all work-related matters. The local representative is elected locally by the members.
In total, Fagforbundet has nearly 17 000 experienced shop stewards across the country, all ready to serve and assist you. The main bulk of disputes between employers and employees are resolved at the local level by shop stewards. Every local union also has elected officers in charge of local vocational activities and offers. They are the local Division representatives.
Fagforbundet also has 19 county level organisations, one in each county.
Approaching 340,000 members, Fagforbundet is not only the largest union, but also still growing. More than 75 percent of Fagforbundet’s members are women. Within our areas of organisation, approximately 50 percent of all employees are members of Fagforbundet. Eligible for membership are: all municipal and health sector employees, workers in the public sector, in local and county government and in hospitals, as well as corresponding occupations in the private sector; apprentices and students. Upper secondary school students are offered free membership.
Encompassing more than 100 different occupations, Fagforbundet’s four divisions represent and serve our members’ vocational needs:
- Division for Health and Social Services (SHS) - Employees in public and private healthcare institutions , interpreters, beauty therapists, dentists
- Division for Church, Culture, Children and Youth (SKKO) – Employees in education, child care, public sector cultural workers, clerical employees, tourist guides, library employees
- Division for Public Transport and Technical Staff (SST) - Employees in public transport and utilities, hairdressers, cleaners, engineers, architects, firefighters
- Division for Office and Administration (SKA) - Employees of municipal and county authorities, management, administrative staff, economists, auditors
These are examples. To list all professions, please search “find your profession” (in Norwegian only)
Fagforbundet’s founding principles are freedom, equality and solidarity. We are an assertive employees’ organisation aiming to further develop and secure the future of the welfare state in order to provide each individual with freedom and security. Freedom is not merely defined by an absence of coercion or force, but is closely linked to an individual’s opportunities and rights. Equality as a principle independent of ethnic or cultural background, age, gender, level of function, sexual orientation, religion or life values, and international understanding, solidarity and multicultural integration are consistently applied to all our work. Acting against racism and discrimination is a priority task. Through consideration, solidarity and unity, Fagforbundet’s purpose is to empower our member in their efforts to improve their pay and working conditions, securing the workplaces and ensuring disabled and retired pensioners a life of dignity.
Fagforbundet’s main policy priorities are:
- Ensuring fair pay and working conditions for all members
- Learning for life and professional development
- Full employment
- Democratic, participatory, transparent government at three levels (municipal, county and state) to ensure political control and popular commitment to government
- A strong, dynamic and flexible public sector providing quality public services to all
- Universal welfare schemes
- Strong labour rights
- A sustainable environment
- International solidarity
- Equal rights
SpareBank1 banking and insurance company is partly owned by The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO Norway). This gives our members access to the LOfavør benefits programme , including LOfavør collective home insurance scheme, rated as the best value home insurance on the Norwegian market.
Fagforbundet has its own training bursary schemes for members.
All Fagforbundet’s information is available online. Members are encouraged to log in to Fagforbundet Members’ Portal to update their membership information, check their own collective agreement, receive news and training offers and stay in touch with their local branch as well as their division.
All members receive the monthly members’ magazine Fagbladet. Fagbladet is distributed in four versions, one for each division.
Oss tillitsvalgte is a journal for elected officers, distributed to Fagforbundet’s representatives at all levels. Oss tillitsvalgte has 10 to 11 annual issues. In addition, several professions distribute their own printed or electronic newsletters. These journals are mostly made by active members with support from the union.
The ten members of the Executive Committee are in charge of the daily operation of the union. The Executive Board meets once a month, and consists of the members of the Executive Committee and 10 elected representatives from the National Board. A National Congress is held every four years. Between Congresses, the National Board is Fagforbundet’s top governing body, consisting of 75 members, and convenes four times a year.
Fagforbundet is affiliated to and cooperates with several national organisations:
- The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO Norway)
- The Norwegian Federation of State Employees' Unions (LO Stat)
- The Workers' Educational Association (AOF)
- Norwegian People's Aid (Norsk Folkehjelp)
In addition, Fagforbundet has established, built and continues to support the development of an SOS Children’s Village in Huambo, Angola.
- ILO - International Labour Organization
- ITUC - International Trade Union Confederation (Affiliated through LO Norway)
- PSI – Public Services International
- EPSU - European Public Service Union
- ITF - International Transport Workers' Federation
- UNI Global Union
- KNS - Nordic Association of Municipal Employees