LAB meeting, Norway

Representatives from the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and The Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs attended the first official LAB meeting at Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) in October. The Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions did not have the opportunity to participate at this meeting.The goal of the LAB meeting was to give an introduction to the STYLE project for the LAB members, as well as preparing for and discussing the strategy for NOVAs tasks in STYLE. The members of the LAB agreed to facilitate contact with experts needed for the interviews in task 6.2 as well as supply the team with contact information to employers and intermediaries representative of the branches studied in the task. The LAB expressed great interest in the project and will participate also in future LAB meetings and be available for discussion during the project.
Main issues of debate

Introduction: research questions and progress
The team members from NOVA presented the outline of the project for the LAB members with a particular focus on the tasks where NOVA is involved.

ToC from task 6.2 and 6.4 had been distributed in advance as well as material to be used in the data-collection for task 6.2.

Task 2 Discussion and inputs from the LAB
The main focus of the meeting was to prepare for and discuss the strategy for Task 2. In particular we wanted input on which branches that would be of interest for the project and how we should proceed in order to recruit informants to the qualitative interviews planned in Task 2 of Work Package 6.

The LAB agreed that for the north-north migration questions, three branches would be of special interest for the project as there are a lot of migrant and guest-working swedes working in these branches. They agreed that the choice of these branches would ensure inclusion of both high- and low- skilled men and women. In addition these branches are of great importance for the employers as there is a labour shortage and thus need for migrant labour.

The LAB did not know the role of intermediaries for migrants in these branches in detail, but were willing to facilitate contact with persons in the federation of enterprises that could supply us with expert information and experience for the project.

After some discussion a strategy for recruiting informants was chiselled out. It was agreed that it would be best to start at the top – with representatives from the union of enterprises, working our way down through intermediary companies, through employers to the migrants with experience from using intermediary at some stage during the migration process.

The LAB members had been given the information letters and interview guides developed for task 2 in advance and asked to comment on these. In general they approved of the guides but warned about the number of questions and the potential length of the interviews.

Task 4 Discussion and inputs from the LAB
The LAB found this task to be of great importance and interest, both for the Ministry and the Employers association. They questioned the quality of the data suggested for the analyses and suggested looking for additional data-sources. The LAB was willing to help in this process and supply the team with up-to-date information on policies and developments in the field.

It was a fruitful and interesting LAB meeting with committed and interested members. The Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions were informed of the proceedings of the meeting and promised to participate at our next meeting. They also expressed willingness to help facilitate contacts to experts in the labour union.

Location: Norwegian Social research, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences


Norwegian Social Research (NOVA):
Christer Hyggen
Hans Christian Sandlie
Torild Hammer

Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)
Baard Meidell Johannes

Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions (LO)
Maria Schumacher Walberg (not present)

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (ASD)
Bjørn Einar Halvorsen