The staffing situation
We are fully aware that the company has recently made use of temporary workers and a lot of overtime, despite the fact that former employees are queuing up to be re-employed.
This is ofcourse something we are discussing with the company, and we expect that they will soon get an overview of how many employees our operators (AkerBP and Repsol) will need in the near future. As soon as the company has received the full overview, we will start negotiating the total manning on the individual rig in addition to the competence pool.
Integrator in Åmøyfjorden
NAF has negotiated a protocol for the manning of Integrator during the stay in the Åmøyfjorden.
Only the extra positions (Rig admin. and Roustabout) will be moved from the rig, the rest will be kept on board for the entire period. It is expected to man up with drilling crew in November.
NAF Board meeting.
NAF held a board meeting at Clarion Energy on 6-7 September.
In addition to the various matters on the agenda and the action plan, we had many good discussions and there was a lot of good input from the board members, including the following:
"3C Observation system"
Asst. KHVO gave us a presentation of the new system for treating of near miss reports, which is called "3C Observation system."
The system is still so new that we do not know all aspects of it yet. But here are probably some things that we will look further into, such as e.g., the lack of possibility to report anonymously.
Smoke diver test
For those who have challenges with running and lifting at the same time, there is an alternative option that is approved as part of the smoke diving test according to "Offshore Norway's" (formerly Norwegian Oil & Gas) guidelines.
The test is a direct measurement of maximum oxygen uptake.
People who have documentation that they have measured over 35 ml x kg-¹ x min-¹ on a direct test in the last 3 months have passed the test.
The company will check how it can possibly be implemented with us. We will follow up on the matter.
We have received questions about why people living abroad, must submit a diagnosis to NAV on sick leave for less than 16 days. The company responds as follows to this:
NAV requires a diagnosis for a sick leave to be approved regardless of the length of the sick leave. In order for the company to advance sick pay, you must provide an approved sick leave.
For residents living in the UK, a diagnosis is always included with the sick report.
The company also informs that, as part of the ongoing project for sickness absence in the company, they have terminated their contract with MedHelp at the end of October 2023. Until then, Medhelp shall be used as normally.
MOB boat training
We have received inquiries from some of our members who are concerned about participating in MOB boat training offshore. This is justified by the fact that the boat is located 70 meters above sea level, and that there are no railings nor any other form of security when boarding, or during lowering/raising the boat.
In short, the concerns are that some do not find it justifiable to carry out the practical exercise offshore.
The company does not see that there is an alternative with training on land that meets the regulations, and they therefore find it necessary to carry out the training as practical exercises offshore, to meet the current regulations.
They further inform that it will lead to a personnel case if the practical part of the exercise is refused to be carried out by the employee.
Unions organizational fight offshore
NAF does not see anything wrong with an organizational fight being between the clubs offshore, but we will strongly encourage it to take place in a respectful and decent manner.
Heliport meetings and rig visits
We are currently trying to meet most of our members at the heliport on departure.
We will of course also prioritize rig visits on Integrator when it is in the Åmøyfjorden.
Election of local shop stewards
We encourage the teams that have not yet elected a local union representative to carry out elections and report back to us.
We are planning to hold a shop steward conference at the end of November.
6 new apprentices will soon come offshore. Welcome them and help them through the challenges they may face.
We have contacted the company to find out when they will be leaving, and we will try to get their local shop stewards to welcome them already at the heliport if they are leaving at the same time.
The quarantine cases
It is now about a year since NAF called IE into a crisis meeting, because LO's lawyers announced after an excessively long case processing time that they found the matter of quarantine imposed by the authorities to be "difficult to win".
We found this message completely unacceptable and after a series of intense meetings with IE, they decided to pursue the case with their own lawyers, despite LO finding it difficult.
This was a major milestone for us at NAF and for the entire industry, which soon followed in our footsteps.
Since then, the working group at IE has done a great job of collecting and preparing all the requirements that have come in, which have all been sent individually to the company.
Now a date has finally been set for the first pilot case.
Karianne Rettedal, head of the legal department at Industri Energi states that the first pilot case is scheduled for Sør-Rogaland district court on 20-24. November.
139 NAF members and a total of 678 IE members have submitted claims for compensation.
It is important to mention that it makes no difference to our case that the pilot cases are run against other companies than Noble, even the fact that it started with us.
For those who have raised a claim but are no longer employed
IE states that they expect those who are out of the company for various reasons to continue their membership with IE, as long as the case is ongoing.
However, this does not apply to foreigners who must register with another trade union/a social security fund in order to receive support.
Residents of the UK can alternatively register with RMT, with whom IE has a cooperation agreement. In that case, the individual must notify IE about that. (Refer to the quarantine case)
For those who choose to continue their membership with IE, take contact to member services to agree on possible reduced fee.
If you are in doubt, contact us at NAF.