Second week for Norway oil strike

Offshore workers in Norway went on strike for the second week on Sunday over issues on pay. Oil company Statoil claims this has cut production of oil and natural gas […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Offshore workers in Norway went on strike for the second week on Sunday over issues on pay.

Oil company Statoil claims this has cut production of oil and natural gas by 230,000 to 250,000 barrels a day.

About 7,000 workers decided they will not escalate the strike to avoid the Government intervening and to give more time to employers to come back and negotiate. This follows failed negotiations in the first week between unions and the industry.

Hilde Marit Rysst, Head of the SAFE union told a news outlet there has been no contact from the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OIA) yet.

She added: “We thought we would give them more time to contact us before we meet again on Tuesday, because they have said the strike was hurting them so much.”

Unions are demanding an increase in wages, better overtime pay and the right to retire at the age of 62 but the OIA has refused to negotiate pensions.