Leif Haraldseth

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Leif Haraldseth

Leif Haraldseth (30 November 1929 – 8 April 2019) [1] was a Norwegian trade unionist and politician for the Labour Party.

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.


Early life

He was born in Drammen as a son of worker Hans Haraldseth (1905–1977) and housewife Ingrid (1907–1999). He finished secondary education in 1947, was a delivery boy in the Norwegian State Railways for two years, then attended the Railway School and worked as a telegrapher in the State Railways from 1951 til 1965. [2]

Drammen Municipality in Buskerud, Norway

Drammen is a city in Buskerud, Norway. The port and river city of Drammen is centrally located in the eastern and most populated part of Norway. Drammen is the capital of the county of Buskerud.

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Norwegian State Railways (1883–1996) state-owned railways of Norway (1883–1996)

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Trade unionism and politics

In 1965 he was hired as district secretary of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions in Buskerud. In 1969 he was promoted to secretary and in 1977 to vice chairman of the organization. [2] On both occasions he replaced Odd Højdahl.

Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions

The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions is a national trade union center, decidedly the largest and probably the most influential umbrella organization of labour unions in Norway. The 21 national unions affiliated to the LO have almost 900,000 members of a Norwegian population of 5 million. The majority of affiliated unions organizes traditional blue collar workers, but the largest affiliate is the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees which makes up more than a third of all members. LO is affiliated to the ITUC and the ETUC. Gerd Kristiansen was elected leader on 6 May 2013 for a four-year period.

Buskerud County (fylke) of Norway

Buskerud is a county in Norway, bordering Akershus, Oslo, Oppland, Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland, Telemark and Vestfold. The county extends from the Oslofjord and Drammensfjorden in the southeast to Hardangervidda mountain range in the northwest. The county administration is located in Drammen. Together with Akershus and Østfold, Buskerud will form the new, larger county Viken, from 1 January 2020.

Odd Højdahl is a Norwegian trade unionist and politician for the Labour Party.

From 1986 to 1987 he was the Minister of Local Government in Brundtland's Second Cabinet. He then headed the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions from 1987 to 1989. At the same time he was a central board member of the Labour Party. [2] [3]

Brundtlands Second Cabinet

Brundtland's Second Cabinet was a minority, Labour Government of Norway. It succeeded the Conservative Willoch's Second Cabinet, and sat between 9 May 1986 and 16 October 1989. It was replaced by the Conservative/Centre/Christian Democrat cabinet Syse after the 1989 election. The cabinet was historic in that 8 of the 18 members were female, to then the highest female share in a government ever in the world. Brundtland's cabinet had the following composition.

In international labour affairs he was a delegation member to the International Labour Organization from 1970 to 1979, board member of the Norwegian ILO Committee from 1983 to 1986, and from 1985 to 1989 a board member of the Council of Nordic Trade Unions and vice president of the European Trade Union Confederation. He chaired the Norwegian Support Committee for Spain from 1977 to 1984 and the International Solidarity Committee of the Norwegian Labour Movement from 1985 to 1989. His career in politics ended with the post of County Governor of Buskerud, which he held from 1989 to 1999. [2]

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The Council of Nordic Trade Unions (NFS) is a regional trade union federation. It represents 9 million members from 16 national trade unions in the Nordic countries of Europe. It was founded in 1972, and has close ties with the Baltic Sea Trade Union Network (BASTUN). The main task of NFS is to co-ordinate trade union activities in the Nordic countries, particularly with regard to employment, economic policy and different social issues. General Secretary, since 2014, is Magnus Gissler.

European Trade Union Confederation European union federation

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He was a board member of Buskerud Industriselskap (1966–1970), the National Institute of Technology (1973–1977), Sydvaranger (1973–1978), Folk og forsvar (1973–1979, deputy chair), Feriefondet (1973–1986), the National Wages Board (1977–1986), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (1977–1980), the Industry Fund (1978–1982), the Norwegian Directorate of Labour (1979–1980), the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority (1980–1984), the Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export Credits (1981–1986), Samvirke (1985–1989), Fafo Foundation (1987–1989, chair) and Norsk Hydro (1988–1998). He was a council member of Norsk Produktivitetsinstitutt (1980–1981) and the Labour Court of Norway (1988–1989), and chaired the supervisory council of Landsbanken (1985–1989). [2]

The National Institute of Technology is a Norwegian limited company and former government agency (1917–1988) active in innovation and technological research. It was established by the Storting (Parliament) on 6 May 1916, aimed at helping smaller industry and enterprises. Its former name, Statens teknologiske institutt, literally means the "State Institute of Technology", but it continues to use the name National Institute of Technology in English. It should not be confused with the Norwegian Institute of Technology.

Sydvaranger Gruve AS, previously A/S Sydvaranger, was an iron ore mining company operating in Sør-Varanger, Norway. Owned by the Tschudi Group-controlled Northern Iron, Sydvaranger operates an open-pit mine at Bjørnevatn and then hauls the ore with the Kirkenes–Bjørnevatn Line to Kirkenes for processing and shipping.

The National Wages Board is a Norwegian body for resolving labour disputes.

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  1. "Tidligere LO-leder Leif Haraldseth er død". www.abcnyheter.no (in Norwegian). 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Leif Haraldseth" (in Norwegian). Storting.
  3. "Leif Haraldseth". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 April 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Arne Rettedal
Minister of Local Government
Succeeded by
William Engseth
Preceded by
Tor Halvorsen
Leader of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
Succeeded by
Yngve Hågensen
Preceded by
Ragnar Christiansen
County Governor of Buskerud
Succeeded by
Jon Arvid Lea (acting)