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Catering crew enter mix in Norwegian strike
Posted 14.07.2004 11:27:29 av William Stoichevski
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arbeider.jpgStriking Norwegian union, The Federation of Oil Workers’s Trade Unions, or OFS, is “carefully stepping up” a strike that has kept Transocean staff off the job for almost two weeks, it was learned Wednesday.

Rigs Transocean Leader (for Shell on the President field) and Transocean Searcher (for Statoil at Åsgaard) will lose 17 staff from caterer Universal Sohdexo.

The drilling contractor’s staff had hitherto been the only workers called off the job.

The Polar Pioneer, at Troll for Hydro, is also affected by the strike.

The OFS, and the Norwegian Shipping Association are at loggerheads over the increasing presence of foreign crews working in Norwegian waters, but paid less.

At stake, union leader Terje Nustad told oilport.net, is job security and three decades of built-up competence.

The OFS have also called workers off the job on the Stolt Offshore support and survey vessels, Viking Poseidon and Far Saga after members voted “no” to an offer put by a government arbiter.

The shipping association, meanwhile enforced a lockout at Odfjell Drilling’s Deep Sea Delta, a notice, Nustand said, which may not have provided the four-day warning called for by Norwegian law.The two sides are not presently at the table.

A pipeline preparedness base at Haugesund on the Norwegian coast is also affected.

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