Norwegian Strike Threat Increases

Norwegian union Fellesforbundet has broken off pay negotiations with the employers' Federation of Norwegian Industries, increasing the risk of strike action.

If there is no agreement between the parties before midnight on April 2, 26,000 workers from 800 businesses have pledged to go on strike on April 3, according to a Fellesforbundet statement. The strike would affect oilfield services companies such as Aker Solutions and Kongsberg.

Disputes over wage rises are common in Norway and unions and employers' organizations often find themselves locked in negotiations. The parties usually reach a deal after several rounds of talks, although strikes are sometimes unavoidable.

A strike by oil workers in 2012 reduced Norway’s oil and gas output by 13 percent and 4 percent, respectively, pushing up oil prices on fears of a loss of supply from western Europe's main oil producer and exporter.

Reuters contributed to this article



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