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Norwegian shipowners' organization considers lockout to bust oil rig strike

None of the involved parties in the Norwegian oil rig labor dispute have budged. The trade organization for Norwegian shipowners is now considering a lockout, which has not happened in years.

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The labor dispute on the Norwegian shelf has become entrenched, and none of the parties – the labor union Safe representing the rig workers on the one side and Norges Rederiforbund representing employers on the other – are willing to budge. Norges Rederiforbund is now considering deploying a lockout tactic, writes Sysla.

1,550 workers on 28 oil rigs have been on strike since Monday, demanding better labor conditions, wages and pension schemes. The lockout can potentially escalate the dispute.

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