Strike on the Johan Sverdrup field – E24

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The Johan Sverdrup field is reportedly shut down after the Leaders did not reach an agreement with Norwegian Oil and Gas.

Carina Johansen / NTB

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The case is being updated …

The Johan Sverdrup field is now being shut down, according to the trade union Lederne, which is taking out 43 members on strike.

The employers’ association Norwegian Oil and Gas, for its part, writes in a press release that the field “risks having to shut down” as a consequence of the strike.

E24 has tried to get in touch with Equinor, which has not yet responded to our inquiries. Thus, it has not been possible to confirm whether the platform will be closed.

– The strike comes because we do not see the will to discuss an agreement for our members related to new forms of operation of the platforms, says the Leaders’ union leader Audun Ingvartsen in a press release.

Demands higher wages than everyone else

A possible closure of the Johan Sverdrup field will lead to a daily production loss of around 470,000 barrels of oil, corresponding to close to 12 percent of total production on the Norwegian shelf, according to Norwegian Oil and Gas.

– We are in a year where we are hit by a global pandemic and where both the industry and the community are burdened financially. The frontline settlement earlier this autumn clearly pointed in the direction of moderation. Nevertheless, the Leaders choose to go on strike because they demand higher wages than everyone else, says chief negotiator Jan Hodneland in Norwegian Oil and Gas.

The leaders state that the union demanded collective agreement coverage for its members who, after adjustment and new technology, for parts of the year, will work in control rooms on land.

– The employer side would not solve this and flatly said no to the demand without promoting any concrete alternative during the mediation. It is incomprehensible as our claim would not impose additional costs on the companies, says Ingvaldsen in Lederne in the report.

Agreement with two of three unions

At the same time, it is clear that the unions Industri Energi and Safe have reached an agreement. Thus, the strike will be far less extensive than it could have been.

If the parties had not reached an agreement, 168 offshore workers in Industri Energi and 113 members in Safe would have been taken out on strike.

– I am pleased that we have managed to reach an agreement on a settlement that is in line with the front subject, says Lill-Heidi Bakkerud who is deputy head of Industri Energi and chief negotiator for the shelf agreements.

Industri Energi og Safe have agreed with Norwegian Oil and Gas on a general supplement of NOK 4,700. In addition, employees in the drilling and catering companies receive an extra NOK 8,946.

In addition to this, there is also agreement to increase a number of supplements.

– Considering the special situation we are in, we are satisfied with the result, says Bakkerud.

Safe emphasizes in a press release that the result is “moderate” and presupposes that “concrete and real local wage negotiations are conducted in the operating companies”.

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