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The Foreigner Oil industry strike averted. Norway’s first round of industrial action did not take place as feared after industrial sector frontrunner unions reached agreement, Wednesday. Negotiations regarding offshore scaffolding, insulation, and surface treatment workers (so-termed ISO certification areas) were finally concluded almost 19 hours past the deadline at 7pm local time. Union Fellesforbundet has more than 150,000 workers in construction, industry and farming, along with the graphical sector and restaurants. Wednesday’s settlement gives members 3.3 per cent, a carry-over from last year’s 1.3 percent last year.

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Oil industry strike averted

Published on Thursday, 3rd April, 2014 at 09:18 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

Norway’s first round of industrial action did not take place as feared after industrial sector frontrunner unions reached agreement, Wednesday.



Negotiations regarding offshore scaffolding, insulation, and surface treatment workers (so-termed ISO certification areas) were finally concluded almost 19 hours past the deadline at 7pm local time.

Union Fellesforbundet has more than 150,000 workers in construction, industry and farming, along with the graphical sector and restaurants. Wednesday’s settlement gives members 3.3 per cent, a carry-over from last year’s 1.3 percent last year.

This week’s talks, which also concerned collective pensions, regarded 11,300 workers at 3,643 firms. The pay-rise will favour lower paid employees in the textile sector. They get an extra rise of 1.75 per hour in addition to the general 0.75 kroner per hour one agreed this time around.

Offshore oil service workers will also have the same shift arrangements as other North Sea workers. Whereas it used to be two weeks on, three weeks off, two weeks on, and four weeks off (2-3-2-4), operator company employees now get two weeks on, four weeks off (2-4).

Employers’ organisation Norsk Industri managing director Stein Lier-Hansen called the deal “more expensive than I had hoped”, but added they could “still live with the terms of the settlement,”

Union and employers hold main collective wage negotiations every second year, with interim ones regarding pay levels the other years.

2012 saw a major oil workers’ strike. The impact was a shutdown of part of the country’s vital offshore sector until the government stepped in and broke the dispute up.

No agreement at this year’s negotiations would have meant industrial action by some 11,000 union members at 25 companies.              

The walkout would have included major oil industry companies such as Kvaerner, Aibel, Rosenberg WorleyParsons, and National Oilwell Varco.

Wednesday’s 17-hour negotiations deadline overrun is the longest-ever, Fellesforbundet press contact Iselin Paulsen informed The Foreigner. The previous record was some 11 hours.

“We are very pleased with the results” said Fellesforbundet’s Stein Lier-Hansen.



Published on Thursday, 3rd April, 2014 at 09:18 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: strikes, oil, norway.





  
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