Fighter-bombers as a token of «respect»

While the Middle East is seething with anger, and the smoke is still rising from the burned-out Norwegian embassy in Damascus, Syria, Norway is sending a fresh squadron of F-16 fighters to the ISAF operation in Afghanistan. This clear-cut provocation against the peoples of the Middle East and Central Asia is conducted amidst a flow of official statements stressing that «provocations should be avoided».

Trade unionist conference in Trondheim: «A Norwegian veto is an absolute necessity»

If the Bolkestein Directive is passed in the EU, it will affect Norway through the EEA Agreement. The 2005 Congress of the trade union confederation LO* demanded that Norway must make use of the option of reservation contained in the EEA Agreement between EU and EFTA, and veto this directive from being implemented in Norway.

The LO will be sending a delegation of 45 trade union officials at lower, medium and top level to take part in the Strasbourg demonstrations on February 14th.

Paper mill workers prepared to fight

The large Norwegian monopoly in paper industry, Norske Skog, is continuing its «shareholder policy» of closing down Norwegian and European paper mills.

Now it has launched an offensive to shut down the profitable mill Union in the city of Skien, a traditional centre for Norwegian processing industry. 380 jobs will disappear.