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Negotiating on pay

Negotiations are scheduled on 4-5 May over the offshore pay agreements covering some 7 000 employees in operator, drilling and catering companies on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

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) will be representing the workers, with the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association negotiating on behalf of the employers.

This year’s agreements will be an interim settlement, where negotiations are confined almost entirely to pay and do not touch on other changes to the prevailing collective agreements on pay and conditions

In the central settlement between the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)/ Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS), the two sides agreed a general pay rise of NOK 2.25 per hour plus an additional hourly supplement of NOK 1.00 for the lowest paid.

That provides an overall financial framework of 2.7 per cent, which the offshore agreements now under negotiation and other settlements will relate to.

“The petroleum industry, like the rest of Norwegian society, finds itself in a demanding position as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,” says Elisabeth Brattebø Fenne, director of organisation and employer policy as well as lead negotiator at Norwegian Oil and Gas.

“It is important that both sides accept their responsibility and show moderation in the midst of the biggest economic crisis to hit Norway in modern times,” she adds.

Some 7 000 employees are covered by the offshore agreements. They work in the following oil, catering or drilling 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.

For further information, contact:

Kolbjørn Andreassen, communications manager, employer policy and operating conditions, mobile: +47 95 28 28 08