Statoil believes in rationalization without layoffs

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Despite an extensive reorganization of operations of its Norwegian platforms, Statoil  think that they will manage to avoid both severance package  and firing employees.

The company has made plans for the “rationalization” of 600 FTEs offshore over the next three years and this has lead to the unions to breaking off cooperation with management, Sysla writes.

Press contact at Statoil,  Morten Eek, emphasizes that they have not decided to cut 600 positions.

According to Eek,  many FTEs will disappear when many employees are retiring. Some fields will go out of production in the coming years, while new positions will appear when new fields are put into production.

– The fields Gina Krog, Aasta Hansteen and Johan Sverdrup will  all come into production over the next three years. In sum, this means that we probably can fulfil all the efficiency potential without using severance packages or firing or laying off people,  Eek says.

The unions are nevertheless not satisfied. Terje Fund, leader of Safe shelf emphasizes that although new platforms are in operation, the new model will reduce the staffing and expertise on platforms that are already in operation.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today