Mixed results from Norwegian wage negotiations

Norway-flag11 May 2014, News Wires -The largest union representing Norway’s offshore workers has reportedly struck a wage deal with Norwegian oil companies, but two smaller unions did not, meaning talks go to a government mediator and raising the risk of an offshore worker strike.

Three unions representing some 7600 employees working for oil companies, drilling operators and catering companies to the offshore sector have been negotiating work conditions since Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The largest, Industri Energi, with some 4000 members, reached a deal with the Norwegian Oil & Gas Association overnight, both parties said in statements on their websites.

But talks between the two smaller unions, SAFE and Lederne, broke down and will now go for government mediation, the Norwegian Oil &Gas Association, which represents oil companies, said on its website.

A breakdown in mediation could lead to a strike, but the government may decide to impose a deal to avoid industrial action.

Two years ago, about 10% of Norway’s offshore workers went on strike for 16 days, cutting oil production by 13%, gas output by 4% and pushing oil prices above $100 per barrel.


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