Norway: Govt. Ends Oil and Gas Workers Strike

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    The Facts

    • Late on Tues., the Norwegian labor ministry confirmed it had exercised its right to intervene with, and cease the strike of Norway's offshore oil and gas workers. Employees stopped work on Tues. morning, demanding wage increases to help them cope with rising inflation. The strike forced the closure of three fields in the North Sea and caused a spike in natural gas prices.

    • The government cited its right to intervene in strikes under "extraordinary circumstances," as the industrial action threatened to cut the country's gas exports by almost 60%. The imposition of a forced settlement is intended to avoid exacerbating an energy crisis in the EU.


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Government intervention was more than justified. Norway plays a vital role in supplying gas to Europe, and the planned escalation of the strike would've had alarming consequences. Given the energy crisis and the geopolitical situation in Europe, the Norwegian government had to impose a forced settlement to conclude the conflict.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Accelerating inflation has eroded workers' wages and employees were exercising their rights in striking. The government shouldn't only be concerned about the impacts of the Ukraine war at national levels, it should address and protect citizens from the cost of living crisis sparked by Russia's invasion.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 5% chance that Nord Stream 2 will be completed before 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

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