The first labour dispute with workers on Statfjord involved working time and the tour cycle. Thirty-eight Norwegian electricians threatened to strike for better tour arrangements and refused to go offshore to work on Statfjord A.
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Foreigners, unions and a strike
The labour force on Statfjord A came from several countries. While the platform was being completed out on the field, 25 per cent of the workers were non-Norwegians. At least 26 nations were represented.
Poor working conditions or striking to smoke?
Completing Statfjord A in 1978 was a jigsaw puzzle, and working on it proved demanding. New modules were constantly having to be put in place, and planning was inadequate. Equipment already installed frequently had to be demounted and then reassembled. The workers were frustrated.