Statoil to resume production after compulsory arbitration
STAVANGER -- Statoil is preparing to resume production at installations that have been affected by a workers' strike, after the government decided to impose compulsory arbitration in the pay settlement for the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
Norwegian Minister of Labour Hanne Bjurstrøm has informed the parties in the offshore pay settlement that the government will propose to Parliament that the conflict be resolved by compulsory arbitration. At the request of the Minister, the parties are to resume work as soon as possible.
The lockout that had been announced for the NCS will, therefore, not come into force.
On Thursday 5 July, the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) announced an impending lockout for all members of the unions affected by the offshore agreement---Industry Energy (Industri Energi), the Organisation of Energy Personnel (SAFE) and the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne).
The lockout was due to come into force on Monday 9 July at 24:00, but instead, the parties will meet in the national wage arbitration tribunal, which will make a binding decision in the ongoing labor dispute.
Statoil installations that have been affected by the labor dispute are the Oseberg Field Centre, Oseberg South, Oseberg East, Oseberg C, Heidrun, Huldra, Veslefrikk and Brage. Production from these installations will be resumed as quickly as possible. It may take from 1 to 2 days to get production started,and Statoil expects to have the fields back in full production within a week.