OSLO Aug 17 Norwegian labour union SAFE
accepted a pay deal for workers with oil service companies in
the late hours of Saturday, calling off a strike that would have
affected a Norwegian unit of Baker Hughes, an industry
Some 89 oil workers would have walked off the job from
Sunday if the talks had failed, although the move would not have
had any immediate impact on Norway's oil output.
In addition to the union members at Baker Hughes, the deal
will also cover those working at oil service firms Schlumberger,
Oceaneering NCA and Vetco Gray, a part of General
Electric Co , the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association said
in a statement.
The union said it has been agreed that annual pay for the
workers will be increased by 12,000 Norwegian crowns ($1,960)
from June this year, and by an additional 12,000 crowns from the
start of 2015. It did not say what workers are currently paid.
The agreement is identical to the one reached by the other
Norwegian trade union Industri Energi and the oil industry in
July, the Association said.
Labour agreements cover about 6,000 workers employed at oil
service firms in Norway.
($1 = 6.1326 Norwegian crowns)
(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis)