“There’s No Other Way”
Oslo ends gas strike – talks forced
In Norway, wage negotiations between companies and unions in the oil and gas sector collapsed. Strikes begin. But the government feels the timing is too inopportune. Keeping supply security in mind is forcing both sides to hold fresh talks.
The Norwegian government has intervened in strikes by workers on oil and gas platforms in the North Sea amid concerns about gas supplies in Europe. The government wants to force an agreement between the union and the employers’ organization. At the request of Labor Minister Marte Mjøs Persen, the party said it would end the strike so that everyone could return to work as soon as possible. According to Norwegian law, the government can intervene in collective bargaining disputes and bring the dispute to an independent collective bargaining body for decision.
“It is irresponsible to stop gas production on such a large scale as this strike is likely to happen in the next few days,” the minister said. “The announced expansion is important in the current situation, in view of the energy crisis and the geopolitical situation in which we are at war in Europe.” It said Norway must do everything it can to maintain Europe’s energy security and European unity against Russia’s war.
74 workers at three Norwegian oil and gas platforms went on strike after wage negotiations failed. Energy company Equinor halted production at the Gudrun, Oseberg Sør and Oseberg Øst fields as a result of the strike. Another 117 employees wanted to stop work on Wednesday. The strike was scheduled to be extended again on Saturday. “With the strike announced from July 9, more than half of Norway’s daily gas exports will be lost,” the government said.
“In principle, the parties are responsible for resolving such cases,” Minister Marte Mjos Persson said. “But if this conflict has major social consequences for the whole of Europe, I have no choice but to intervene in the conflict.”
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