Norway ends oil and gas strike

  • Norway's government has used emergency powers to force offshore oil and gas workers back to work, bringing and end to a 16-day strike.

    Production was due to be shut down from today following a dispute over pensions.

    The government intervention means the National Wages Board will make use of "forced abritration" to end the row over retirement rights.

    The dispute is over offshore workers' demand for the right to retire at the age of 62, three years ahead of the general age for oil workers and five years ahead of Norway's official retirement age, with a full pension.