The last week has the Newspaper referred to the shocking working conditions at the popular sportsrestauranten O'Learys in Oslo. Employees at the franchise restaurant has told us of threats and harassment from the management, underbemanning, lack of contracts, outstanding effect, as well as the guards that extends 14-15 hours without a break.
The past year, the employees fought hard for their rights. Among other things, to get paid the wages they are entitled to, and implementation of the contractual working hours. All of the management major dissatisfaction. In a text message about a female waiter to general manager at O'Learys have written "No worries I will fuck here on the floor if she wants to work no problem, go and wash dishes. [..] Fuck here. Bitch."
working Conditions is so severe that the ministry of Labour and sosialminister Anniken Hauglie came on the pitch yesterday, and warned that it is now "end to koseprate "with such actors.Alerts about threats and harassment
To Dagbladet roses she the employees to take the same, and says that the "cowboys" in the industry must be tightened up or removed. Businesses that refuse to comply with the risk now fines of 100 000. There are good signals from Hauglie.
But even if there are systems and regulatory agencies, were not O'Learys case, the priority of the labour inspectorate. Not even when two employees showed up personally to tell about the conditions, they got help. The minister has, therefore, a major task in front of him. O'Learys is no lonely swan in an otherwise uncluttered field. The entire eighty per cent of the enterprises, the labour Inspection visited in December got orders for deviations from applicable laws and regulations.
Multikriminalitet in the workplace is becoming increasingly more systematic and serious, and covers everything from economic crime to human trafficking. It is also more dangerous. For less than a year ago could be Norsk Arbeidsmandsforbund tell about several union representatives and employees in trade unions is receiving severe threats from the employers if the alerts about the illegal conditions.
When rogue or criminal players go harder to work, also need the efforts from the authorities and the parties in the labour market accelerated.
Although already done much important work, pointing low organisasjonsgrad out as a big problem. As Jørn Eggum, Fellesforbundets leader, told the Newspaper: "For us in the LO, there is the embarrassing fact that-not even in the restaurants around the castle of our at Youngstorget, we have managed to organize enough people to demand collective agreements with the businesses."
With it we lose also an important first line of defence in the fight against arbeidskriminalitet. An organized workplace, is a serious work. In the time to come must succeed better, but not left the entire responsibility. Also authorities and employers must contribute to increased organisasjonsgrad. Only the rogue players are served with the option.LO-boss: - Why the grip is not the labour inspectorate?