Conflict erupts over job lay-offs via email

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At least 1,700 oil services workers in Norway were facing layoff this week, more than 200 of them in a company that’s now being sued by the union representing them.

Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported that the large Norwegian union for oil workers, Safe, was not happy that 229 of its members who were made redundant during the summer were first notified of their pending dismissal by the Chinese-owned company COSL via email.

“We claim that email does not fulfill the law’s demands over how notices of dismissal shall be sent out,” Safe attorney Elisabeth Bjelland told Stavanger Aftenblad. The Norwegian chief of COSL’s local operations, Jørgen Arnesen, denies employees were notified only by email, leaving the matter in dispute.

In another major layoff this week, meanwhile, National Oilwell Varco Norway was moving forward with plans to terminate 900 full-time employees and 600 consultants. Most of the full-time staff facing unemployment, 475, have been working in the Kristiansand area, while another 235 jobs are being cut in Stavanger, 70 in Oslo and 120 in Molde. NOV has been the largest private employer on Norway’s southern coast.

newsinenglish.no staff