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Breakdown over offshore agreements

Negotiations with three unions over the offshore collective pay agreements have broken down. The settlement will thereby go to mediation.

The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association sought to find a solution in two days of talks on the identically worded agreements with the Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (IE), the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe) and the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne).

“These have been demanding negotiations because union expectations for this year’s settlement are high,” says Elisabeth Brattebø Fenne, director of organisation and employer policy and lead negotiator at Norwegian Oil and Gas.

“We nevertheless believed that we could reach a settlement through negotiations. Unfortunately, one of the unions – IE – has presented demands which extend far beyond the scope of these agreements and we were unable to accept this.”

The date for mediation is 10 and 11 June.

The Federation of Norwegian Industries and the United Federation of Trade Unions agreed earlier this spring on a framework of 3.7 per cent for the 2022 collective pay settlement. This forms the basis for the other settlements in the Norwegian labour market, including those being negotiated with various unions by Norwegian Oil and Gas.

Some 7 300 employees are covered by the offshore agreements, which were the subject of negotiations on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. They work for oil companies or with catering or drilling, and are employed by the following companies:

Equinor, ConocoPhillips Norge, Aker BP, Vår Energi, Wintershall Dea Norge, Lundin Energy Norway, Repsol Norge, Neptune Energy Norge, Okea, KCA Deutag Drilling Norge, Sodexo Remote Sites Norway, ESS Support Services, Coor Service Management and 4Service Offshore Hotels.


Kolbjørn Andreassen, communication manager for employer policy and operational conditions, Norwegian Oil and Gas, mobile: +47 952 82 808