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Norway -Row at Statoil over outsourcing and investment -August 14, 2013

Trade unions and Statoil have been fighting over the number of jobs to be outsourced since the country’s Oil Minister backed relocation plans that were much further going than unions had expected. Directly after the minister’s public remarks, unions criticised both the government and Statoil management. Unions claim the government overestimates the savings from outsourcing, as the cost of the jobs lost would outsize profits from the relocation. Unions also accused Statoil of violating the main reform agreement, in which they were informed of 350 outsourced jobs, rather than the current number of 1,000 posts. On 13 August, Statoil and the trade unions initiated new talks. Moreover, the global trade union UNI accuses in an FT article Norway’s state owned oil fund’s investment policy. An OECD body said recently that the fund lacks a strategy for identifying and dealing with possible human rights violations at the companies in which it invests.

English: http://www.aftenbladet.no/energi/aenergy/Parties-silent-following-Statoil-meeting ...

http://www.aftenbladet.no/energi/aenergy/Union-taken-aback-by-Norway-Oil-Minister-statements ...

http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/uni.nsf .....

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

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