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Audit on wage and working conditions for foreign workers

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has conducted an audit on the wage and working conditions for foreign workers. No blameworthy conditions were discovered. The PSA is of the impression that the relevant employers have worked hard to implement the Regulations on General Application of Wage Agreements.


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The Regulations on General Application of Wage Agreements are to prevent that foreign workers are offered wage and working conditions that are poorer than what is set down in the Norwegian wage agreements.

A specific audit on the wage and working conditions for Portuguese workers on Melkøya in June this year (based on the general application resolution - Regulations of 11 October 2004, No. 1396 relating to the general application of wage agreements, etc.) confirmed the impression from a previous follow-up carried out by the operator/builder.

Impact on social dumping
The PSA is of the opinion that the general application resolution will have a more optimal effect as a measure against social dumping if the "operator" of onshore facilities/the builder regulates this by entering into contracts with their contractors and suppliers. Even though, formally, it is the individual employer who is the obligated party, the PSA believes it is natural for the party who operates the petroleum facility to ensure that the wage and working condition regulations are complied with.

In the near future, further audits may be conducted on enterprises where this issue is relevant.

Risk comprehension
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway have noticed that particular challenges exist with regard to the working and safety conditions of persons with different cultural backgrounds and languages. The cultural differences may be of importance for the players' risk comprehension and behaviour regarding health, safety and environment conditions. Ultimately, it could also have consequences for the health, safety and environment level.

Compliance with the general application resolution is followed up in a general and systematic manner in connection with the ordinary audit. The PSA will try to achieve a synergy effect by being well connected to the relevant issues within the health, safety and environment field.

The PSA has received a number of inquiries regarding the interpretation of the general application resolution. Primarily, it is the Tariff Board's responsibility to interpret the general application resolution with regard to matters of principle.

Link: The interpretation of the Tariff Board (Norwegian version)

Contact in the PSA:
Inger Anda
Spokeswoman
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Telephone: +47 970 54 064