Baker Hughes strike looming

Strike warning: for Baker Hughes workers off Norway

Last-ditch state mediation talks kicked off on Friday morning aimed at averting a looming strike by Baker Hughes employees off Norway that could take effect on Sunday unless a new pay deal is reached.

The Safe union is threatening to take out on strike 89 of its members employed with the US oilfield services contractor as it holds out for improved wage and working conditions after earlier talks broke down with industry association Norwegian Oil & Gas (Norog).

Both parties are now in talks with the state-appointed mediator in an effort to hammer out a revised company-specific oil service agreement by a deadline of midnight on Saturday under the latest round of pay discussions for workers off Norway.

Safe warned that failure to reach a deal would result in a strike, although Norog said in a statement that such action “will have no effect on oil and gas production from the Norwegian continental shelf”.

An umbrella oil service agreement covering about 6000 workers with companies including Halliburton, Schlumberger and Subsea 7 was accepted last month by the Industri Energi union.

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