There have been some changes in the player scenario since the AoC scheme was established. New players have applied for AoC both because they are new to the Norwegian shelf or as a consequence of the expansion of the AoC system. There are also a number of new players that have commenced new construction projects in parallel with development of their operations organisations, and starting preparations for AoC applications.
Some questions have been raised by a few companies over the last year, as well as by employee organisations, regarding how employee participation is to be safeguarded in the development of AoC, as a basis for the employees' statement in the AoC application.
Questions have also been raised regarding the role the employees' statements play in connection with the employer's AoC application, i.e. what impact do these statements have in relation to the PSA's consideration of the application.
It is the PSA's opinion that the most practical solution is for these more general issues to be discussed between the parties, and we have proposed that this be done by re-establishing the working group for the AoC scheme. If possible, the working group should include the same persons who took part in the working group in 2004 so as to ensure the best possible transfer of experience.
We have proposed the following mandate for the working group:
The PSA, represented by Kjell-Gunnar Dørum, will lead the work of the group, as well as designate a secretary. The PSA also wants to use this group to discuss other experience gained with the AoC as well as any need for updating AoC guidelines, etc.
We have asked the recipients to designate representatives for the working group and to provide their response by 10 May 2008.
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