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Talks start for land employees

Monday to Wednesday this week have been allocated to negotiations for new collective pay agreements with the Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (Industry Energy) and with the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe), Parat and Negotia.

These deals primarily cover land-based employees in the Norwegian petroleum industry, but also relate to white-collar staff offshore in addition to a number of companies in the Grenland area south-east of Oslo which belong to the Federation of Norwegian Industries.

They are primarily framework agreements, which means in part that pay rises will be negotiated at the local company level.

“The challenging times we’re now experiencing mean that the parties must agree on solutions which strengthen the industry’s competitiveness,” says  Jan Hodneland, lead negotiator for Norwegian Oil and Gas.

“We see a need for greater flexibility, and this is not the time for provisions which drive up pay or new cost-enhancing restrictions in collective agreements.”

Low oil prices and a high level of costs have contributed to a decline in investment and reduced activity on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). That has placed the industry in a very demanding position, where companies and employees are experiencing downsizing and big changes.

“The challenges facing the industry demand that we think ahead and work together through the pay negotiations to find good collective solutions which make it possible to improve adaptability and competitiveness,” says Hodneland. “That’ll preserve as many jobs as possible.”

Jan Hodneland, lead negotiator, Norwegian Oil and Gas, mobile +47 913 41 301
Kolbjørn Andreassen, communication manager, Norwegian Oil and Gas, mobile +47 952 82 808

Facts about the land settlement
Monday to Wednesday this week have been allocated to negotiations for new collective pay agreements with Industry Energy and with Safe, Parat and Negotia. About 5 000 workers are covered by these deals. Most of them work on land for such companies as Statoil, BP Norge, ConocoPhillips Norge, Det Norske Oljeselskap, Eni Norge, Esso Norge, Lundin Norway, Norske Shell, Total E&P Norge, Wintershall Norge, Gassco, Teekay Shipping Norway, KCA Deutag Drilling Norge, ESS Support Services and Asco Norge.