Wednesday another 350 oil employees will be laid off as a result of Industri Energi’s strike in the oil sector.
Those who are now laid off are the staff at Baker Hughes, Schlumberger and Halliburton, most of which are employees of Baker Hughes, according to the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.
The strike has lasted for one week and 310 members of Industri Energi were taken out of work in the strike action.
It is primarily environmental management of drilling wastes that is stopped. It has the effect on drilling operations offshore stopping – to avoid discharge into the sea.
Companies that lay off employees do not have enough work to give their employees since drilling operations halted as a result of the strike, claimed the employer organization Norwegian Oil Industry Association.
This is contested by the union Industri Energi who believes that employers are using layoffs to put pressure on the strikers.
Industri Energi has rejected an offer from the Norwegian Oil Industry Association, which would have provided annual wage growth of 2.4 percent. There has been no contact between the parties since the strike began.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today