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Breakdown in offshore pay talks

No agreement has been reached by the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association and the relevant unions in negotiations over collective pay settlements for offshore workers off Norway. The matter will thereby go to mediation.

During the talks, Norwegian Oil and Gas has sought to find a common solution. Identical offers where made to the Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (Industry Energy), the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe) and the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne), but were not accepted.

“Pursing these negotiations has been very demanding because the latitude available this year is extremely limited,” says Jan Hodneland, lead negotiator and director for employer policy at Norwegian Oil and Gas.

The date for the mediation will be decided later.

About 7 000 employees working in oil companies, with catering and as drilling personnel are covered by the offshore agreements, which were the subject of negotiations on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Their employers are the following companies: Equinor ASA, ConocoPhillips Norge, Aker BP, Neptune Energy Norge, Lundin Energy Norway, Repsol Norge, Wintershall Dea Norge, Vår Energi, Okea, KCA Deutag Drilling Norge AS, ESS Support Services AS, Sodexo Remote Sites Norway AS, Coor Service Management and 4Service Offshore Hotels AS.

These talks covered the first of four sets of collective pay agreements being negotiated by Norwegian Oil and Gas this year.

Further information from:

Kolbjørn Andreassen, information manager, Norwegian Oil and Gas, mob: +47 95 28 28 08