Strike over

September 16, 2002, 22:00 CEST

The strike which has been affecting Statoil was called off this evening, 16 September, after the two sides reached a settlement.

This agreement on pay and conditions has been concluded by the Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS) and the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF).

“We’re glad to have achieved a solution which is satisfactory to both sides,” says chief Statoil negotiator Jostein Gaasemyr.

“And we’re particularly gratified that the conflict has been resolved before the maintenance turnaround was due to begin at our strike-hit Mongstad refinery near Bergen.”

The YS has been pursuing strike action over its claim since 29 August.

Agreement was reached in the negotiations that the framework agreement for company-level pay deals should also apply to Esso’s Slagentangen refinery near Oslo and to pipeline operator Gassco.

It was also agreement that the negotiating process for future pay settlements should be improved.

Forty-five members of the Joint Association of Private Employees (Prifo) downed tools at Mongstad on 9 September, while a further 43 Statoil employees in the Norwegian Association for Salaried Employees (Nofu) joined the strike today.

See press release from the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) - in Norwegian only.