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Several hundred onshore Norway workers are threatening to strike if they can’t reach a pay deal with employers by the end of the week.

According to Reuters, about 338 members of the SAFE labor union have threatened to strike on October 7 if pay talks break down.

The union members work at Statoil’s Melkoeya LNG plant, Shell’s Nyhamna natural gas processing plant and ExxonMobil’s Slagen refinery terminal, Reuters said.

A strike could curb natural gas supply deliveries to Britain.

Shell’s Nyhamna plant provides Britain with about 20 percent of its natural gas demand.

A union officials told Reuters that the strike would shutdown the three facilities and the facilities would also stop receiving oil and gas.

Mediation for the pay deal is scheduled for October 6.

A Shell spokesperson told Reuters that the company waiting on the outcome of mediation and is “considering internally what the consequences of a potential strike could be.”

A Statoil spokesperson told the news agency that it is working to assess “which consequences this potentially could have for us.”

ExxonMobil has not commented on the matter.

The strike threat comes amid a weeks-long strike action by offshore service workers in Norway.

Over 300 offshore services workers represented by Industri Energi went on strike late last month after pay talks with the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association fell apart.

The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association is a professional body and employer’s association for oil and supplier companies.

The striking workers are employed by Schlumberger Norge, Baker Hughes Norge, Halliburton Norge, Oceaneering and Oceaneering Asset Integrity.

Song Offshore said last Friday that it plans to temporarily lay off 430 employees after the strike halted operations at several rigs.

The company said that 65 offshore employees had received notices of temporary dismissal as of September 30, with another 365 employees planned to receive notices.

Songa Offshore is not represented by the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association and added that, because it does not belong to the group, it is “not directly part of the conflict.”

Last last month, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association said that about 350 employees had received temporary lay off notices due to reduced activity levels caused by the strike.


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