Conflict on Norwegian oil platforms escalate

Oct 25, 2004 02:00 AM

The Norwegian Shipowners' Association has announced a lockout in the ongoing labour dispute on Norwegian oil platforms. This could lead to a complete stop of all oil and gas production on the Norwegian shelf soon.
The lockout would include workers on 94 offshore service vessels and offshore loading tankers.

At the same time the Shipowners' Association will also announce lockout of all OFS union members not affected by the platform conflict up to now. The conflict has lasted for nearly four months, and has so far cost taxpayers more than NOK 1 bn.
“A small group, representing less than 20 % of the employees, has put the whole industry under pressure to accept demands we cannot fulfil, without weakening the companies' competitive ability,” says Shipowners' Association CEO Marianne Lie.

Experts believe the Government has no option but to order forced arbitration, before the lockout becomes effective.

Source: PIN
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