Two employees in the oil service company Saipem Ltd will receive NOK 483,465 each in compensation after working 12-hour shifts for more than eight weeks in a row.
Last autumn, the company was reported to the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority and the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway by union Industri Energi, following reports of concern and notification of breaches of working time regulations, FriFagbevegelse writes.
The two employees, who worked on the floating rig “Scarabeo 8,” are said to have worked 12 hours every day in the period from September 28 to November 25 last year.
Compensation of NOK 483,465 to the two employees was secured after negotiations between the company and Energi Norge.
According to OSA inspector Wayne Pena in the Industri Energi union, Saipem Ltd has cleaned up and changed its internal routines.
“In addition, we have heard from our local shop steward that they now employ at least ten employees through Saipem Limited Norwegian Branch to cover the contracts they have on the Norwegian shelf,” Pena noted in a press release from the union.
Saipem: Compliance with relevant local labor legislation is key to our operations
In an email to Norway Today, a Saipem spokesperson accentuated that the issue regarding the two oil workers was addressed and managed together with the unions and without any intervention of the judicial authority.
“On the initiative of Saipem alone, which also approached the Labor Inspector, the issue regarding two ROV pilots was addressed and managed together with Unions without any intervention of the Judicial Authority.
“At the outcome of the meetings held with the utmost collaboration of all the parties involved and in the full interest of the two workers, the two ROV pilots were paid on the basis of the hours carried out and in line also with the provisions of the Norwegian legislation.
“This issue had been already addressed and solved in the appropriate fora.
“Saipem would like to stress that compliance with relevant local labor legislation is key to our operations in all countries where we are present,” the spokesperson noted.
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