Norway Oil Workers End Strike as Government Steps In

“Norway plays a vital role in supplying gas to Europe, and the planned escalation [of the strike] would have had serious consequences, for Britain, Germany and other nations,” Labor Minister Marte Mjoes Persen told Reuters.

Gwladys Fouche, Nora Buli and Victoria Klesty, Reuters

The Norwegian government on July 5 intervened to end a strike in the petroleum sector that had cut oil and gas output, a union leader and the labor ministry said, ending a stalemate that could have worsened Europe’s energy supply crunch.

Norwegian offshore oil and gas workers went on strike over pay on July 5, the first day of planned industrial action that had threatened to cut the country's gas exports by almost 60% and exacerbate supply shortages linked to the Ukraine war.

“Workers are going back to work as soon as possible. We are canceling the planned escalation,” Lederne union leader Audun Ingvartsen told Reuters. Asked whether the strike was over, he said: “Yes.”

The labor ministry separately confirmed it had exercised its right to intervene.

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