Oil and gas workers in Norway end strike

A three-week long strike by Norwegian oil services workers over wages has ended, with Norwegian Oil and Gas and union Industri Energi ending its conflict yesterday by signing a new collective agreement.

The action saw around 300 workers from Industi Energi strike, affecting operations for Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Oceaneering and Oceaneering Asset Integrity.

“We’re naturally pleased that the strike is over,” commented Jan Hodneland, lead negotiator at Norwegian Oil and Gas.

While the settlement is good news for workers in employment, Norwegian Oil and Gas said that as a direct and indirect result of the stoppage, just under 600 people were laid off in Norwegian Oil and Gas member companies.

The union says the new wage levels for the next two-year period represent a formidable increase.


Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.


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