Both parties areobligated to meet at the state mediator’s office, Friday. The OLF and unionsIndustri Energi (Industry Energy), SAFE (Norwegian Union of Energy Workers),and Lederne (Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives) will come faceto face to see if they can reach a new collective agreement for those workingoffshore for oil companies.
This demand fromIndustry Energy, the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers and the NorwegianOrganisation of Managers and Executives clearly shows that they’re placingthemselves apart from all other private sector unions.Earlier negotiationsbroke down quickly because unions’ main requirement is early retirement. TheOLF flatly rejected this. Employers now warn they will be rejecting it oncemore.
“Pensions are not andnever will be part of the central pay talks,” says the OLF’s Jan Hodneland,director of employee policy.
“This demand fromIndustry Energy, the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers and the NorwegianOrganisation of Managers and Executives clearly shows that they’re placingthemselves apart from all other private sector unions,” he adds.
Prepares for full lockout
Around 700 offshoreworkers could be called out on strike in the first round if mediation does notsucceed. In turn, the OLF has made preparations for full lockout of about 6,000employees on the NCS.
Industrial Energyshop steward Per Stamnes points out that a large part of the employee's salaryconsists of additional remuneration and overtime. Meanwhile, he rejectsthat the OLF has knowledge or which sums both he and the others in negotiatingprocess are demanding on behalf of their members.
“They [the OLF] havenot been interested in discussing this with us so far, so that they can’t know.We’re not actually interested in distancing ourselves from the community otherwise.We’ll be keeping within what the industry vulnerable to competition has set,” declaresMr Stamnes, maintaining the pension demand stands.