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Electricity strike widens, blackouts and international supply problems possible. Atea IT company pay row gets Confederation of Norwegian Unions industrial action sympathisers leading to national power outage concerns and potential export risks. Major trade union LO-affiliated the Electrician and IT Workers’ Union have brought 466 of their members out on strike. In what is termed as a “sympathy strike”, the new walkout not only affects customers of western Norway companies Lyse and Haugaland Kraft, but could lead to national blackouts.

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Electricity strike widens, blackouts and international supply problems possible

Published on Tuesday, 14th May, 2013 at 14:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Asgeir Ueland   .
Last Updated on 14th May 2013 at 20:21.

Atea IT company pay row gets Confederation of Norwegian Unions industrial action sympathisers leading to national power outage concerns and potential export risks.

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Power cables
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Major trade union LO-affiliated the Electrician and IT Workers’ Union have brought 466 of their members out on strike.

In what is termed as a “sympathy strike”, the new walkout not only affects customers of western Norway companies Lyse and Haugaland Kraft, but could lead to national blackouts.

Repairs will only be carried out if life is at risk, but other customers will not be attended to until the matter is settled.

“We asked unions for permission to have some personnel that could come in if needed, but this was turned down,” Irene Meldal, Vice President Corporate Communications tells The Foreigner, Tuesday.

600 are already on strike in Hordaland, Telemark, Vestfold, Hedmark, Oppland and Troms counties.

Industry organisation Energy Norway says the industrial action will hit some 1.4 million people.

Oluf Ulseth, managing director calls the strike “totally unreasonable."

“We’re not even a party to the conflict and can’t do anything to remedy it. The Electrician and IT workers’ union and Atea must take responsibility and find a solution pronto,” he says.

Whilst ordinary customers have been advised to have fresh batteries for torches and mobile phone car chargers at the ready just in case, the strike action is not affecting the Gassco-operated Kollsnes gas reprocessing plant for now.

Statoil is technical service provider (TSP). The facility exports gas to the Continent and Britain.

Press spokesperson at Statoil Morten Eek informs The Foreigner, “we’re monitoring the situation, but it doesn’t pose an immediate problem as long as there are no failures that cannot be repaired.”

“We have procedures for power supply continuation like any other businesses during any normal situation,” he concludes.



Published on Tuesday, 14th May, 2013 at 14:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Asgeir Ueland   .
Last updated on 14th May 2013 at 20:21.

This post has the following tags: norwaypoweroutages, electricitystrikenorway, kollsnesgasplant.





  
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