-Drilling contractors are in a particularly difficult market situation with layoffs and dismissals of employees, both offshore and onshore. At this stage there is no immediate signs for market improvements and the customers are pushing for cost reductions. We are disappointed that we did not succeed in establishing a common understanding with the unions. The industry needs to prolong the current agreement until the main settlement in 2016, says Jakob Korsgaard from Maersk Drilling, Chief negotiator for NSA.
No agreement in negotiations
Today the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association conducted negotiations for mid-term settlement for employees working on mobile offshore units and platform drilling etc. on permanent installations on the Norwegian shelf with IE, SAFE and DSO. The parties were unable to reach an agreement and the settlement has to be brought before the National Mediator in Oslo..