When the NHO's annual conference began on January 9, 22 staff members were working on a voluntary basis. The salary went to an organization affiliated with the Branstad Christian Church.
The employees signed a declaration that the proceeds should go to Adal Multiservice AS, an affiliate of the Brunstadt Christian Church (BCC), formerly known as Smith's Friends. Our country.
– In the declaration, they agree to give up their own income, and that the income should go to Atal Multiservice, Iman Winkelman at Nova Spectrum, which organized the conference, writes in an email to the newspaper.
Opposite Dagbladet's stock market Winkelman says there were 22 employees who signed the contract.
– This is not right. This is the type of volunteer work we don't want to use. NHO is very concerned about orderly and proper working conditions. So it's an unfortunate case, NHO director Ole Erik Almlid tells the newspaper.
Mathias Vetsch, president of Adal Multiservice, tells Børsen that voluntary efforts are an important pillar of association life in sports and church life.
– Both football and handball clubs often depend on volunteer work to fund their operations. All profits from Adal Multiservice go to our local Christian mission in Horten, which includes activities for young people, he says.
In 2020, the Directorate of the Norwegian Labor Inspectorate determined that the businesses in Smith's Friends' Charities were legally organized. This happened after the council filed a complaint against the Norwegian Labor Inspectorate's directive that volunteer workers must receive wages and written employment contracts.
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