Norway’s Top Oil Drilling Union Agrees To Wage Deal

The largest labor union representing workers on Norwegian offshore oil drilling rigs has agreed to a new wage deal, the union said May 25, while a smaller union said it would ask its members to decide whether to accept the deal.

Industri Energi, which represents more than 4,000 drilling workers, said in a statement the deal would give a “solid increase” in pay, averting a strike among its members that could have hit exploration efforts later this year.

The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, representing rig owners, said a deal had also been signed with the smaller Safe union.