Norway union offers new proposal to end offshore worker strike

Norwegian union Lederne has made a new proposal to oil companies in an attempt to resolve a dispute over wages, thus ending a strike that has cut the country’s petroleum output capacity by about 8%, the union told Reuters on Tuesday October 6th.

Six offshore oil and gas fields shut down on Monday as Lederne increased its industrial action, reducing output by around 330,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), according to the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (NOG).

The dispute began on September 30th when wage talks between Lederne and the NOG collapsed. The first production outages only started on October 5th.

“I’m hopeful that a solution can be found,” said Lederne union chief Audun Ingvartsen, but he warned that, if the two sides failed to agree, the union could also escalate its strike.

NOG confirmed it had received the new proposal.

Lederne is seeking better financial terms for its members and wants the offshore wage agreement to also cover workers at onshore remote control rooms.