The role of the State Conciliation and Mediation Officer (SCMO), as stated in the Act on Trade Unions and Industrial Dispute, NO 80/1938, is to mediate in labour disputes, monitor prospects and potential sources of conflict on the labour market, and keep a record of all wage agreements in effect in the country. All parties to labour disputes are able to refer disputes to the SCMO.
in labour disputes
The SCMO helps mediate industrial disputes between trade unions and employers. He provides an venue where the disputing parties meet and negotiate their agreements. His services extend both to the public and private labour market. The SCMO also provides preventive mediation, which is designed to avert major conflict and assist parties to reach a new agreement before the old contract expires. He also organizes various training and information material and events.
prospects on the labour market
The SCMO monitors developments and trends in the economy and the labour market throughout the country. He shall keep abreast of the wages and terms situation and matters which might cause disputes in relations between employers’ associations and trade unions.
Hold a register
of wage agreements
The SCMO keeps a register of valid collective agreements, and employees’ and employers’ organizations, and non-affiliated employers, are obliged to send him copies of all collective agreements they conclude as soon as they are signed. Amendments to previously made collective agreements shall be sent to him in the same way. The same parties shall also send the conciliation and mediation officer copies of all pay-scales and terms of service issued on the basis of valid collective agreements.