Looming oil workers’ strike could paralyze the Johan Sverdrup field

Johan Sverdrup platformPhoto: Carina Johansen / NTB

The mediation between the union Safe (representing oil workers) and the Norwegian Oil and Gas organization started on Monday. If the parties do not reach an agreement, there will be a strike from midnight.

The strike will first affect the terminal at Equinor’s refinery at Mongstad, where Safe has announced that twelve members could be taken out on strike.

The twelve people work with, among other things, ship loading and departures, and if they go on strike, it could lead to reduced crude oil storage and port capacity at the terminal.

That could have consequences for production for several of Equinor’s fields on the Norwegian shelf, including Johan Sverdrup and Troll, which it might need to close, according to Equinor.

The background for the mediation is, according to Safe, that the union has not succeeded in reaching an agreement with Equinor ASA in the local negotiations for the wage settlement of 2020.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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