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1700 employees temporarily laid off in offshore dispute

1,700 workers in the Norwegian offshore industry have been laid off, and 10 rigs have been idled this week, informs the Norwegian shipowners' association. The rig companies are hit unfairly hard, notes the association.

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The ongoing conflict between the union for employees in the offshore sector, Industri Energi, and the employers' association Norsk olje og gass, is now hurting rig companies.

A total of 1,700 employees on the Norwegian rigs have been temporarily laid off during the strike, which began on September 21. Since then, seven rigs have been idled, and this number will reach 10 by the end of this week.

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