Norwegian state intervenes, ends oil and gas strike

Marte Mjøs PersenPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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On Tuesday evening, Norway’s Labour Minister, Marte Mjøs Persen, stopped a strike by oil and gas workers due to concerns it could worsen Europe’s energy crisis.

“When the conflict could result in such far-reaching societal impacts for all of Europe, I have no other choice than to intervene, both with regard to the energy crisis and the geopolitical situation,” Persen noted.

The background for the strike was that the Lederne employee organization’s members voted against the mediation result in a referendum on Thursday last week. The other two organizations, Industri Energi and Safe, supported the result. 

On Wednesday, an escalation of the strike with another 117 members was planned. Further escalation on Saturday would have resulted in a total of 382 members being on strike.

According to an estimate from the Norwegian Oil and Gas industry organization, the escalation could have resulted in the loss of revenue of NOK 1.8 billion a day.

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

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