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Lutheran Ministers Want Extra Pay to Sunday Work

September 8, 1988

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ A national organization of Lutheran ministers on Thursday called for extra pay for work on Sundays.

″There’s nothing wrong with that,″ the national news agency NTB quoted Knut Lein, the head of the group, as saying. ″All other working groups, including parish clerks and organ players, get extra pay for Sunday work, or for working inconvenient hours.″

Regular weekly services in Norwegian churches are held on Sundays.

The request for a pay increase is part of a 1988-1990 program adopted by the National Association of Priests, or Presteforeningen, as it closed its annual general assembly Thursday, NTB reported.

″We’re just asking that regulations concerning working life should apply to us as well,″ Lein said, adding priests receive low wages.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church is Norway’s national church and is supported by the state. The ministers are paid by their local governments. Other religious groups also are state-subsidized.

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