SAFE: 1,550 Members on Strike

A representative from Norwegian union SAFE confirms that 1,550 members are on strike.

A representative from Norwegian union SAFE confirmed last night that 1,550 members are on strike.

When asked if the union had any plans to increase this number within the next few days, the SAFE representative refused to comment.

“We do not discuss our further plans with the press,” the union representative told Rigzone.

Workers from Norwegian offshore oil and gas rigs went on strike on July 10 in a dispute over wages. Last week, Hilde-Marit Rysst, a union leader at SAFE, told Rigzone that the number of members on strike would increase from 669 to 1,570 on Sunday July 15.

“It will be almost a total shut-down of the drilling rigs in a week or so on the Norwegian shelf,” Rysst told Rigzone on July 11.

Twenty-eight installations have now been affected by the strike, the NSA revealed in a translated statement on its website on Monday. Prior to the escalation, the number of affected installations stood at nine, according to the NSA.

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