One Week Until Mediation Commences

The mediation talks between Industry Energy and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association will begin on Tuesday, June 17th. The deadline for concluding mediation is set at midnight on the same day. Should the mediation talks fail, approximately 415 Industry Energy members on a total of four drilling facilities will be called out on strike.

As far as Industry Energy is aware, there has been no contact between the parties since negotiations broke down on May 29th. The negotiations were held jointly with SAFE (Norwegian Union of Energy Workers) and the DSO (Cooperation between the Norwegian Marine Officers' Association and the Norwegian Union of Marine Engineers for mobile offshore installations (Norway). These unions are also involved in the upcoming mediation process.

No to 2 weeks on/3 weeks off shift rotation
The conflict is primarily centered around the shipowners' demand for extended offshore working hours from today's 4 weeks on/2 weeks off shift rotation to a reduction of one week of restitution time. Today's working hours are equivalent to a six-shift rotation in land-based industry. "A 2 weeks on/3 weeks off shift rotation is totally out of the question," said President of Industry Energy Leif Sande after negotiations with NR over the collective wage agreement for semi-submersibles and platform drilling rigs broke down. Another reason for the breakdown in the negotiations was the shipowners' rejection of a joint demand of 8% from Industry Energy, SAFE and DSO.

President Leif Sande thinks it is regrettable that the shipowners were unwilling to give their employees an annual wage increase that is in line with wage increase levels in general. The following rigs will be the first to be called out in the event of a strike being declared on the night of June 17th.

Deepsea Delta owned by Odfjell.
West Venture - owned by Seadrill.
Transocean Leader - owned by Transocean.
Stena Don - owned by Stena Drilling.

This has been agreed with SAFE and the DSO.

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