Norway strikes escalate after no talks on pay and pensions

A Norwegian national flag flies from the back of a boat in view of the the Aasta Hansteen gas platform
A Norwegian national flag flies from the back of a boat in view of the the Aasta Hansteen gas platform. Oil companies operating in Norway raised investment forecasts for this year after a wave of projects were approved, and expect spending to rise for the first time since crude prices collapsed in 2014. Photographer: Carina Johansen/Bloomberg

A Norwegian oil and gas union is stepping up a six-day strike today after employers did not respond to demands, according to Reuters.

The news agency reports that the Safe union is adding 900 workers to the strike, after there was no response to calls for increased wages and pension benefits.

Safe and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Asssociation said they had no contacts on new offers during the weekend, with the deadline passing at midnight.

The strike, announced last week, has slightly hit oil output but is will not have any immediate extra impact beyond the closure of Shell’s Knarr field.

It produced 23,900 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Safe union spokesman Roy Aleksandersen told Reuters just before the deadline: “”The escalation takes place from midnight as planned.”

Almost 700 workers downed tools on Tuesday over the disagreement over wages and pension.

Those joining the action work on rigs owned by several firms, including Saipem, Transocean, Songa Offshore, Archer and COSL.

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