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Normal traffic resumes on Ofotbanen

LKAB and the National Union of Norwegian Locomotivemen have reached an agreement. The strike has therefore ended and normal traffic can resume.

LKAB and the National Union of Norwegian Locomotivemen have reached an agreement. The strike has therefore ended and normal traffic can resume.

“We are pleased to have been able to negotiate a solution. That has been our intention all along,” says Frank Hojem, Senior Vice President Communications, LKAB.

The strike broke out on Thursday, 27 November, when LKAB and the Norwegian union could not agree as to how the distribution of Swedish and Norwegian train drivers should be regulated.

“We accept the document that has now been agreed upon. This means that LKAB will retain the right to continue to manage operations, and we can ensure our co-workers that our ambition is to have train drivers in both Norway and Sweden on a level corresponding to the current situation.”

During the conflict only ore trains with Swedish drivers have run on the line from Kiruna to the Narvik harbour.
“Now we are focusing on quickly resuming production and operating rail traffic at full volume. Thereby, we can ensure profitability and competitive advantage and continue to offer many jobs in Narvik,” says Frank Hojem.

Contact: Frank Hojem, Senior Vice President Communications, +46 771-760 000.