The mediation process over pay has begun with the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne). This follows the union’s rejection of the Norwegian Oil and Gas offer in negotiations on the offshore pay agreements which took place on 22-23 May.
MEDIATION: The mediation takes place at the Oslo offices of the National Mediator.
These agreements cover personnel working offshore for the oil companies and employees in catering and drilling companies.
Agreement was reached during the negotiations with the biggest union, the Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (Industry Energy) on an increase of NOK 12 500 for the rates in the pay matrix plus other minor adjustments. This is in line with the 2.4 per cent framework agreed nationally between the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), the Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS) and the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) earlier this spring.
Negotiations have been completed with the second-largest union, the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe).
“The industry is still in a period with major oil-price and cost-cut challenges, and the big changes under way must be reflected in this year’s pay settlement,” says lead negotiator Jan Hodneland at Norwegian Oil and Gas. “We hope to be able to reach agreement with Lederne through mediation.”
This union has 983 members or 13 per cent of the total unionised workforce of 7 343 people covered by the offshore agreements. It has given notice of walkouts for a total of 106 members on five installations (operator in brackets):
Draugen (A/S Norske Shell): 25 members
Goliat (Eni Norge): 28 members
Gudrun (Statoil): 16 members
Oseberg East (Statoil): 17 members
Kvitebjørn (Statoil): 20 members
Production at Valemon will also be affected.
All these installations will have to shut down in the event of a conflict, causing a total loss of 443.500 boe/d. A possible strike cannot begin until Sunday at the earliest.
Kolbjørn Andreassen, communication manager, Norwegian Oil and Gas, mobile +47 952 82 808