Norway oil workers to expand ongoing oil strike from 10 October

7 October 2020 (Last Updated October 7th, 2020 16:16)

Oil workers in Norway will reportedly expand their ongoing strike from 10 October unless a wage bargain is reached in the meantime.

Norway oil workers to expand ongoing oil strike from 10 October
On 6 October, Lederne sent a proposal for a solution to the NOG, but the terms were not met. Credit: David Mark / Pixabay.

Oil workers in Norway will reportedly expand their ongoing strike from 10 October unless a wage bargain is reached in the meantime.

The latest news confirms a statement from Norway’s state-appointed wage mediator, Reuters reported.

The oil strike in Norway has resulted in the closing of six offshore oil and gas fields.

According to the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, the workers’ strike could reduce Norway’s production capacity by approximately 330,000bpd of oil or 8% of its total production.

The planned 10 October escalation would further hit four fields operated by ConocoPhillips and Equinor.

However, it would be too early to say how it would affect oil and gas output, according to an NOG spokesman.

The dispute started on 30 September when wage negotiations between Lederne and the NOG collapsed, but first production outages started only from 5 October.

On 6 October, Lederne sent a proposal for a solution to the NOG, but the terms were not met.

Lederne union chief Audun Ingvartsen said: “We received a reply from the NOG to our proposal, but it was not specific enough, and we have decided to escalate the strike.

“I hope that the escalation could still be avoided if the NOG comes back with a better proposal.”

According to Reuters, the strike escalation would add 93 additional workers to the 169 who are already part of the ongoing oil strike.

Lederne represents a total of 1,003 offshore members.

NOG said that operations at Equinor’s Oseberg South, Oseberg East and Kristin fields, as well as the ConocoPhillips-run Ekofisk Bravo/Kilo installation would be impacted by the strike.