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Oil service talks break down

Norwegian Oil and Gas has failed to reach agreement with the unions on a collective pay settlement for oil service workers. The next step is mediation.

Negotiations were pursued on Wednesday and Thursday 11-12 May with the Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (IE) for the oil service agreement and the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe) on the well service agreement. Their wording is identical.

”Our concern is to achieve a responsible and moderate pay settlement in order to safeguard competitiveness, robustness and jobs in the industry, says Elisabeth Brattebø Fenne, director of organisation and employer policy and lead negotiator at Norwegian Oil and Gas.

“The lead sector produced a framework of 3.7 per cent for the 2022 collective pay settlement. That lays the basis for the other agreements in Norway’s labour market. We must all relate to this.”

A date for mediation will be set later.

This was the second of four collective pay agreements being negotiated by Norwegian Oil and Gas for employees in the petroleum sector. So far, talks on the offshore and oil service agreements have failed to find solutions. The two remaining sets of negotiations are the land base agreements on 18 May and the onshore agreements scheduled for 24 May.

The roughly 6  000 employees covered by the two oil service agreements under negotiation work for the following supplier companies.

Altus Intervention AS, Aker Solutions AS, avd Ågotnes, Baker Hughes Norge, Halliburton AS, Oceaneering AS, KCA Deutag Drilling Norge AS, Schlumberger Norge AS, Subsea 7 Norway, Weatherford Norge AS, Vetco Gray Scandinavia, Altus Intervention (Technologies) AS, Benor, Cameron Norge AS, Enhanced Drilling AS, Expro Norway AS, Franks International, Intertek West Lab, IOS Tubular Management, Landmark Graphics, Nosefo Tau, Nosefo Bergen, Oceaneering Asset Integrity, Petrotech AS, PSW Technology, RelyOn Nutec Norway AS, Ramco Norway AS, ResQ, Soiltech Offshore Services AS, Stratum Reservoir (Norway) AS, Speedcast Norway AS, TWMA Norge and Welltec.

See also the overview page for the pay talks 2022.


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