The Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe) has refused to accept the negotiated result for the oil agreement, which also covers land-based facilities in Norway. This settlement has accordingly gone to mediation today, with the deadline set at midnight.
During negotiations in May, Norwegian Oil and Gas reached agreement with Safe on a recommended collective pay settlement for the next period, with a deadline of 1 September for responding.
The agreement is primarily a framework settlement, which means in part that pay is determined/negotiated at local level. Safe has not been satisfied with the results achieved through talks at the companies by the deadline, and the matter has accordingly been submitted to mediation. The mediator is Anne Cathrine Frøstrup.
“It’s a little difficult to see what we’re going to mediate about, since the material issues such as pay and supplements are to be negotiated locally – not centrally,” says Jan Hodneland, lead negotiator for Norwegian Oil and Gas. “But we naturally hope to reach a solution.”
The agreement applies to members of Safe and the affiliated unions Parat og Negotia. Their members work primarily on land as permanent employees of the operator companies. Safe has notified a walkout by its members at the following companies/workplaces:
• Esso Norge AS Slagentangen (114 people)
• A/S Norske Shell Ormen Lange, Nyhamna (105 people)
• Statoil ASA Melkøya (119 people)
Should a stoppage occur, Ormen Lange/Nyhamna and Melkøya will have to shut down. Slagentangen is currently involved in a maintenance turnaround, and a possible conflict would extend this.
Jan Hodneland, lead negotiator, Norwegian Oil and Gas, mobile +47 913 41 301
Kolbjørn Andreassen, communication manager for pay negotiations, Norwegian Oil and Gas, mobile +47 952 82 808