Lill-Heidi Bakkerud emphasizes that the situation is particularly
demanding now, after the infection situation has escalated both
nationally and internationally. Especially after the authorities
introduced ten days quarantine for all visitors to Norway. This applies
to all our members outside the country’s borders. Both those who work on
fixed installations, those on mobile rigs and not least those of our
members in oil service companies and who are working available
-Many of our members are faced with an impossible choice; whether
they are going to sacrifice their job or their family. Among other
things, we hear examples from British members, in a country that is
currently in full lock-down, and who at 12 days before departure are
told that they must show up at a quarantine hotel in Norway no later
than 10 days before their scheduled offshore hitch.
If for any reason there is a delay, they will be deducted from salary.
And we receive reports about parents with shared care for children
who get significant problems when they must be quarantined for ten days
in a hotel, before each work period.
It is simply a situation people should not endure over time. There is
hope for a vaccine ahead, but until there is control of the infection
situation, a fully safe working environment must be maintained. We
expect the employers to facilitate this, including the special
consideration that must be taken during the Christmas holidays, she