OSLO — The Norwegian government forced striking police back to work Saturday to help combat the worst floods in the country in 125 years.
About 2,500 police officers went on strike Wednesday, coinciding with the start of the floods, to dramatize demands for higher pay.
Labor Minister Gunnar Berge, saying the walkout by selected police had hampered efforts to contain the floods, ordered the dispute to be sent to compulsory arbitration, leaving the police union no choice but to end the conflict.
The short-lived strike was the first by policemen in Norway since 1958, when Parliament abolished their right to strike. This right was reinstated three months ago.