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Unions take different tacks on talks

After two days of negotiations on the oil service agreements, the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe) opted to break off talks while the Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (Industry Energy) postponed its discussions.

“The distance between the parties was too great where Safe was concerned,” says Jan Hodneland, lead negotiator for the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association. “The economics of the settlement were crucial to the failure to find solutions.

“Safe’s overall demands demonstrate that it does not share our perception of reality with regard to the demanding position in which the oil and gas industry finds itself.”

A settlement of the well service agreement with Safe will accordingly be sought through mediation.

“Where Industry Energy is concerned, the negotiations have been demanding but we have agree to suspend the talks for now and resume at a later date,” reports Hodneland. “We don’t know yet when that will be.”

This is the fourth and last of the collective pay agreements being negotiated by Norwegian Oil and Gas this year. Talks on the land base and offshore agreements have broken down and gone to mediation. A settlement was reached for the land agreements.

More information on this year’s collective bargaining processes is available here.

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 oil service agreements
About 6 000 employees in various oil service companies (which deliver to the oil companies) are covered by this settlement.  These collective agreements are identical for Industry Energy and Safe. They cover the following companies: KCA Deutag Drilling Norge AS, Altus Intervention AS, Aker Solutions AS Subsea Ågotnes, Baker Hughes Norge, Halliburton AS, Oceaneering AS, Schlumberger Norge AS, Subsea 7 Norway, Weatherford Norge AS, Vetco Gray Scandinavia, Benor, Cameron, Enhanced Drilling, Expro Group Norway AS, Falck Nutec AS, Franks International, Harris Norge, Intertek West Lab, IOS Tubular Management, INC Support AS, Landmark Graphics, NUI AS, Nosefo Tau AS, Petrotech AS, PSW Technology, Ramco Norway AS, ResQ, Subsea 7 I-Tech AS, Technip Norge AS, TWMA Norge, Viking SeaTech Norge AS, Weatherford Laboratories and Welltec.