Norway’s security guard strike escalates, Nyhamna gas plant must shut down

Security guard strikePhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB
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The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions stepped up the security guard strike on Saturday, and another 85 guards are now on strike. Due to the escalation, the Nyhamna gas plant has to shut down.

The gas plant on the Romsdal coast expects that the losses will be significant due to four security guards with emergency tasks joining the strike.

“It quickly becomes a lot of money. It is 50 million standard cubic meters, so it is a significant amount,” Alfred Hansen at Gassco told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The plant receives gas from the Ormen Lange field and the Aasta Hansteen field and delivers large amounts of gas to the continent, especially the United Kingdom. 

In recent days, there has been an informal dialogue between the Norwegian Workers’ Union and NHO Handel og Service to try to find a solution to the conflict, but without results.

A new escalation

On Friday, the union announced a new escalation from midnight on December 1.

The escalation only applies to Securitas and is a reinforcement of previous steps. 

At the same time, the association’s members at the heliport in Hammerfest will also join the strike.

The industry organization Norwegian Oil and Gas has previously warned that several gas fields risk having to close as a result of escalation in the strike.

A total of 2,373 guards are now on strike. The strike has been going on for over two months, which is unusually long for Norway.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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