Norway - Oil service strike broadens up - September 30, 2016

A strike in the oil service sector is steadily putting drilling rigs out of service. Trade union Industri Energi called 300 of its oil service worker members off the job, after mediation by the State-appointed official failed and wage talks broke down. The head of the employers’ organisation Norsk olje og gass refused to meet the union demands for pay raises and claimed that the employers proposals are higher than what other industries have received this year, not least at a time when nearly 40,000 jobs in the oil and gas industry have been cut since oil prices sank. The union wants claims catering and drilling personnel has received with raises of as much as NOK 13,000 per year, while its members have only been offered NOK 3,000. More workers will be called out on strike if demands are not met.


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