Norwegian offshore oil workers threaten strike

At least 647 Norwegian oil workers plan to strike from June 12th if state-brokered wage mediation fails, labour unions said on Friday June 3rd.

Workers are seeking above-inflation pay increases and other changes to their contracts. The unions have not released details of their demands, reported Reuters.

Members of the Industri Energi and Lederne unions plan strike action at 10 permanent offshore installations, including the Njord A, Valhall, Gudrun and several Oseberg platforms, as well as three mobile service units, the unions said.

Lederne would initially involve 74 mostly senior offshore workers in a strike. This would probably hit oil production at the Equinor-operated Gudrun, Oseberg South and Oseberg East platforms, the union said.

Gas production should remain unaffected.

“We will try to avoid affecting gas production as we are mindful about the situation with gas supplies in Europe,” he said, adding that “I hope we can find the best solution both for Norway and the oil companies, and at the same time give something back to the workers. I hope we can avoid a strike.”

Lederne is negotiating on behalf of some 1,300 union members.