Mediation yields accord on offshore pay

Agreement on the collective pay settlements for workers on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) has been reached through mediation between Norwegian Oil and Gas and three unions. Two of the latter will hold votes with a deadline of 30 June.

The unions involved are 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). Safe and Lederne are due to ballot their members on the terms.

“We’ve stretched ourselves a great deal in long and demanding negotiations ,” says Elisabeth Brattebø Fenn, director of organisation and employer policy and lead negotiator at Norwegian Oil and Gas. “At the same time, we’re satisfied that we’ve managed to avoid a labour stoppage on the NCS.”

The settlement includes a general raise of NOK 32 200, increases of NOK 4.00 and NOK 5.00 respectively in rates for shift/night work and hand-over time, and a rise of NOK 80.00 in the supplement for working on public holidays. In addition come a number of other adjustments to the agreements.

The financial framework is in line with the pay settlement reached by the lead sector earlier this year.

Agreement has also been reached on pursuing committee work related to a possible future pandemic/epidemic.

Some 7 300 employees are covered by the offshore agreements. They work in the following oil, catering and drilling 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