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Security Guards on strike in Norway, delay at airports, empty ATMs, economic disruption.

Security - Gardermoen Airport in Oslo is suffering the lack of security officers on strike.

Despite hours of negotiations long past an initial strike deadline, mediation failed to avert yet another labour conflict from hitting Norway. Nearly 1,800 vektere (security guards) will walk off the job from 8pm Friday evening, in a strike that’s expected to create long lines at airport security checkpoints and may leave minibanks (automated teller machines, ATMs) empty.

The strike was called by the labour organization Norsk Arbeidsmandsforbund, while another organization representing security guards, Parat, came to terms with employers’ organization NHO Service and won’t be pulling its members off the job.

Disrupting airport security clearance
That means a total of 149 security guards will go on strike at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen, for example, less than initially feared but a cutback that’s still expected to disrupt security clearance for airline passengers. Guards would also walking off the job at airports serving Bergen (Flesland), Stavanger (Sola), Trondheim (Værnes) and Tromsø (Langnes).

Airline passengers were urged to arrive at the airport at least an hour earlier than they normally would and be prepared for long lines. The airlines themselves are not involved in the strike, so there would be no immediate flight cancellations. Rather, it will be the responsibility of passengers themselves to get to their departure gates on time.

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