Mediation under way for oil service agreements

A mediation process will be pursued on Tuesday and Wednesday, 21-22 June, in search of a settlement for collective pay agreements covering oil service workers.
Photo credit: Kolbjørn Andreassen/Norwegian Oil and Gas
MEDIATION: Norwegian Oil and Gas, IE and Safe are engaged in a mediation process over pay and conditions for 6 000 oil service workers on 21-22 June. The mediator is Anne Cathrine Frøstrup, the lead negotiator for Norwegian Oil and Gas is Elisabeth Brattebø Fenne, lead negotiator for IE is Lill-Heidi Bakkerud, and Hilde Marit Rysst leads negotiations for Safe.

The mediation process is with the Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (IE), and well service personnel, with the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe).

“It’s important to reach agreement on a responsible and moderate pay settlement in order  to safeguard competitiveness, robustness and jobs,” says Elisabeth Brattebø Fenne, director of organisation and employer policy and lead negotiator at Norwegian Oil and Gas.

“The lead sector agreement produced a framework of 3.7 per cent for the 2022 collective pay settlement. That provides the norm for these agreements.”

With Anne Cathrine Frøstrup as the mediator, the legally required process will take place at the office of the National Mediator of Norway in Oslo. IE has given notice of strike action by 128 members, while Safe has given similar warning of a stoppage by 522 members.

A possible conflict could halt a number of drilling and well operations on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), but will not directly affect oil and gas production.

Roughly 6  000 employees are covered by the two oil service agreements, which are identically worded. They 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