Foreign divers head into court

Two foreign divers who worked in the North Sea during the early years of Norway’s emerging offshore oil industry are stepping up their claims for compensation from the Norwegian state. They’re among many who have suffered ongoing health problems and feel discriminated against, because they have not received the same amounts of compensation as their former Norwegian colleagues. Norway’s […]

Norway accused of discriminating against foreign North Sea divers

Oil industry divers who risked their lives in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea during the early days of Norway’s oil industry fought for years to win compensation for injuries they suffered. Claims filed by divers who weren’t Norwegian, however, have been consistently rejected because they weren’t members of Norway’s social welfare system, and now the […]

Memorial unveiled to North Sea Divers

The men who braved the chilly depths of the North Sea to help launch Norway’s oil industry received more official gratitude and a memorial to their efforts this week. Finance Minister Siv Jensen and Labour Minister Robert Eriksson unveiled the memorial at the Norwegian Oil Museum in Stavanger. “The history of the the pioneering divers […]

North Sea divers’ battle may be over

Reaction from aging divers who risked their lives during the earliest days of Norway’s offshore oil industry indicates that their lengthy battle for compensation finally may be over. Many seem inclined this week to accept a sweetened offer from the state government. An official apology for the risks they took and the injuries they suffered, […]

North Sea divers refuse latest offer

UPDATED: The Norwegian government offered more compensation on Friday to the North Sea divers who pioneered the country’s oil industry, but then sued the state for failing to disclose how dangerous the work really was. The offer of extra compensation followed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights last year that Norway was […]

North Sea divers win in Strasbourg

The pioneering deep-sea divers who helped usher in Norway’s offshore oil age, only to later be largely rebuffed by both their employers and the state when they developed serious health problems, won a decades-long battle on Thursday at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. One of their lawyers called the ruling “a full […]