The agreements in brief
The offshore agreements on pay and conditions cover personnel working on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) for oil, catering and drilling companies.
They are negotiated between the OLF, representing the employers, and Industry Energy, the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe) and the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives on the union side.
The agreements cover roughly 7 100 employees on the fixed installations on the NCS. The great majority are skilled workers with two years of further education college and two to 2.5 years as an apprentice.
The operator agreement is negotiated with Industry Energy, Safe and the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives.
Companies: BP Norge AS, Statoil ASA, A/S Norske Shell, Esso Norge AS, Talisman Energy Norge AS, ConocoPhillips Norge AS, GdF Suez E&P Norge AS and Marathon Oil.
The drilling agreement is negotiated with Industry Energy.
Company: KCA Deutag Drilling Norge AS.
The catering agreement is negotiated with Industry Energy.
Companies: Sodexo Remote Sites Norway, ESS Support Services, Statoil ASA and NOC Services.
Employees by union:
- Industry Energy: 3 580
- Safe: 2 714
- Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives: 899
Consequences of a possible strike
A total of 708 employees in Statoil ASA, BP Norge AS and ESS Support Services could down tools on Sunday if mediation fails to come up with a solution.
These personnel work on Oseberg (Statoil), Heidrun (Statoil), Skarv (BP, ESS) and Floatel Superior (ESS).
Preliminary calculations indicate that, if production ceases from Oseberg and Heidrun, the loss of revenue could be close to NOK 170 million per day.
A possible escalation of the strike or notification of a lockout requires four days’ notice.
The most recent occasions when employees went on strike in connection with negotiating the offshore agreements was in 2000 and 2004.
The OLF and the unions are not permitted make any external comment during mediation.
Go here to see other articles from olf.no about the negotiations:
Offshore pay talks kick off
Link to web story on breakdown in talks
Web report that the OLF notifies collective dismissal
Link to web story about the demands.
Further information from:
Eli Ane Nedreskår, communications manager, working life, OLF, mobile: +47 99 45 01 01