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Offshore pay talks under way

Negotiations will be pursued on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 September over collective pay agreements for some 7 000 operator company, drilling and catering employees on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The lead sector model sets the norm for overall pay formation in Norway, including the settlements reached by the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association. Conducted between the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions/Confederation of Vocational Unions (LO/YS), the central negotiations earlier this year reached agreement on an economic framework of 1.7 per cent.

Both the industry and society as a whole find themselves facing the most turbulent and demanding conditions for many decades. It is therefore important that the two sides display social responsibility this year and contribute to emerging from the economic crisis created by the pandemic in the best possible way.

The challenge this year is greater than the lead sector model. It involves laying a basis which can make the industry robust enough to maintain as far as possible a normal level of operation and activity.

”It’s essential that we achieve a very moderate settlement which safeguards competitiveness and secures jobs,” says Jan Hodneland, chief negotiator and director for employer policy at Norwegian Oil and Gas.

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) are negotiating on behalf of the employees, while Norwegian Oil and Gas represents the employers.

About 7 000 employees working in oil companies, with catering and as drilling personnel are covered by the offshore agreements. They are employed by the following companies: Equinor ASA, ConocoPhillips Norge, Aker BP, Neptune Energy Norge, Lundin 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.

Further information from:

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