Base settlement in Norway

Pay pact: Norway's Coast Center Base

Workers at onshore supply bases in Norway have reached a pay deal with employers to avert a potential strike after official arbitration talks.

The Industri Energi union, representing about 1000 workers with service companies such as KCA Deutag Drilling and Coast Center Base, gained improved overtime payments under the settlement with industry body Norwegian Oil & Gas achieved in mediation talks concluded at the weekend.

It followed an agreement reached earlier last week for platform workers with the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives, or Lederne union, further averting a strike similar to the 16-day stoppage in 2012 that crippled Norway’s oil and gas production.

However, the Safe union has so far refused to accept the settlement and has set a deadline of 27 June by which to decide whether to sign the deal or take 154 ExxonMobil workers on the Jotun, Ringhoren and Balder platforms out on strike as it holds out on demands for improved pension rights.

It follows a ruling in the union’s favour on Monday from Norway’s Labour Court, which rejected a complaint filed by Norog that such strike action would be illegal to resolve the pensions dispute with the US supermajor.

Industri Energi and Safe are meanwhile set to gather around the table with Norog at state mediation talks scheduled for 4 and 5 July in a renewed effort to resolve their differences over a pay settlement for oilfield service workers from companies such as Baker Hughes and Schlumberger.

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