Norway Rig Owners Consider Lockout to Try to Break Strike

By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos OSLO, July 19 (Reuters) - Owners of Norwegian oil rigs are considering imposing a lockout on workers as a high-stakes gamble to try to end a strike by almost 1,600 staff that began last week. A lockout would involve preventing staff from accessing installations until a deal is struck. It could prompt the government to try to impose a settlement … [Read more...]

Offshore Strike in Norway Expands to More Than 1,500 Workers

OSLO, July 15 (Reuters) - A Norwegian union for workers on offshore oil and gas drilling rigs stepped up a six-day strike on Monday that has slightly hit oil output after employers did not respond to demands for higher wages and pension benefits. The union is adding 900 workers to the strike, under a plan announced last week, after failing to win concessions before a … [Read more...]

Escalation of Norway’s Offshore Strike Looms

By Mikael Holter (Bloomberg) -- A strike curtailed oil production off Norway for the first time in six years as Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut a North Sea field and workers threatened to escalate labor action at the weekend. Shell was forced to shut down its Knarr field, which produced about 23,000 barrels a day of oil and 3,500 barrels of natural-gas liquids a day in … [Read more...]

Hundreds of Norway’s Offshore Workers Go On Strike

By Gwladys Fouche and Lefteris Karagiannopoulos OSLO, July 10 (Reuters) - Hundreds of workers on Norwegian offshore oil and gas rigs went on strike on Tuesday after rejecting a proposed wage deal, leading to the shutdown of one Shell-operated field and helping send Brent crude prices higher. One union said hundreds more workers would join the strike on Sunday if an … [Read more...]

Some 2,500 Offshore Oil Workers in Norway Threaten to Strike

OSLO, June 21 (Reuters) - Some 2,250 workers on Norwegian offshore oil drilling rigs and in drilling and catering services on oil producing platforms could go on strike this summer after rejecting a proposed wage deal, the Safe labour union said on Thursday. Industri Energi, the largest labour union representing more than 4,000 drillers, last month agreed to a deal, while … [Read more...]