OSLO May 9 The largest union representing
Norway's offshore workers struck a wage deal with Norwegian oil
firms early on Friday, but two smaller unions did not, meaning
talks go to a government mediator and raising the risk of an
offshore worker strike, parties said.
Three unions representing some 7,600 employees working for
oil companies, drilling operators and catering firms to the
offshore sector have been negotiating work conditions since
The largest, Industri Energi, with some 4,000 members,
reached a deal with the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association
overnight, both parties said in statements on their websites.
But talks between the two smaller unions, SAFE and Lederne,
broke down and will now go for government mediation, the
Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, which represents oil firms,
said on its website.
A breakdown in mediation could lead to a strike, but the
government may decide to impose a deal to avoid industrial
Two years ago, about 10 percent of Norway's offshore workers
went on strike for 16 days, cutting oil production by 13
percent, gas output by 4 percent and pushing oil prices above
$100 per barrel.
(Reporting by Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Ed Davies)