In the collective bargaining process in 2016, the central government's main tariff agreement was divided into two. Mechanisms for wage settings have since been conditional on the union membership of state employees. Members of the academic union get their wage terms governed by a collective agreement, while the rest of the state employees get their terms by another collective agreement.
The report addresses how the negotiators from The Norwegian Civil Service Union (NTL) resolved to go from a joint agreement to two separate agreements. The report further addresses other challenges that arose locally in the state sector, what steps NTL took in their own bargaining and what financial implications the divide resulted for the members they negotiated on behalf of.