Norway Oil Service Firms, Unions Fail To Agree Wage Deal

Norway Oil Service Firms, Unions Fail To Agree Wage Deal
Wage negotiations between Norwegian oil service workers and their employers failed early on Wednesday, the Industri Energi trade union said in a statement.

Reuters

OSLO, July 6 (Reuters)-Wage negotiations between Norwegian oil service workers and their employers failed early on Wednesday, the Industri Energi trade union said in a statement.

The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, which represents the employers, separately said the negotiations had been put on hold for the time being.

The talks cover about 6,500 union members at around 60 companies that are suppliers to the oil industry. If the two sides fail to reach an agreement, the next move could be a round of mandatory negotiations hosted by a state-appointed mediator.

Workers are not allowed to strike unless forced mediation has been attempted. It is not yet known whether there could be an impact on Norway's oil and gas production if a strike were to happen.

"We don't know which (oil services) companies could be affected. So it is impossible to say what the consequences could be," said a spokesman for the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association.

Separately, workers under the so-called well-services agreement began forced mediation on Wednesday. If no deal is found, a strike will begin on Thursday. Employers reiterated that there would be no immediate impact on Norway's output of oil and gas in case of a well-services strike.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Gwladys Fouche)

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Andy | Jul. 7, 2016
I simply cannot believe the comment made by Shellembach. Workers in Norway are getting squeezed by the employers and are simply resisting the changes that they are trying to implement. Employees need to stick together to ensure the working conditions fought so hard for over the years are not simply eroded. To have snakes in the grass saying they will work for less is the very reason the UK sector is in such a mess.

Lauchlan Duff | Jul. 6, 2016
It is never the right time to strike. If one doesn't like one's package, move to a job that provides the required package.

R Shellenbach | Jul. 6, 2016
There are thousands of oil and gas people out of work and they are striking. They could easily be replaced right now so I were them I would go back to work and be glad they have a job. Now is not the time to strike.


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