Norway - Strike averted in offshore sector - June 30, 2016

Workers on the offshore oil drilling rigs signed a wage deal on 22 June, avoiding a strike. Workers will get a 0.5 percent pay rise, said the state-appointed mediator, who brokered the deal. Some 280 rig workers had threatened to strike if the talks failed, including staff on Rowan Companies' Viking and Gorilla rigs, and on the Statoil-operated Heidrun, Statfjord, Aasgard, Volve and Oseberg fields. The price of North Sea crude oil, Norway's top export, has fallen by some 60 percent since 2014, resulting in about 40,000 layoffs in the industry, according to the Norwegian Ship-owners Association, which negotiated on behalf of rig firms. It's estimated that another 15,000 will lose their jobs before activity levels recover. As part of the wage deal, it is agreed that those being laid off will have the right for a two-year period to be rehired if an employer increases staffing. In return, both unions and employers will contribute to identifying potential cost cuts, the state mediator said.

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