Det norske oljeselskapet DNO ASA the trade union Industri Energi
Lead NCPNorway
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the Norwegian trade union Industri Energi on behalf of the Yemeni trade union DNO Yemen Union regarding the activities of the Norwegian oil company Det norske oljeselskapet (DNO ASA)
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations, Concepts and principles
Date21 Nov 2016
Host country(ies)Yemen
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorMining and quarrying
StatusIn progress
Summary

Read the initial assessment issued by the Norwegian NCP - 2 May 2017


The Norwegian trade union Industri  Energi has, on behalf of the Yemeni trade union DNO Yemen Union, submitted a specific instance regarding the activities of the Norwegian oil company Det norske oljeselskapet DNO ASA (DNO) to the Norwegian NCP.

The primary issue that the NCP was asked to look into concerns lack of dialogue between DNO and the employee representatives in Yemen in connection with collective dismissals and suspension of production in 2015.

It is claimed that the Yemeni trade union wanted to engage in dialogue with DNO’s representatives in Yemen, and that request was not granted within reasonable amount of time. Industri Energi claims that the trade union representatives were not given an opportunity to discuss the collective dismissals or suspension of production with the management.

The submission also concerned questions about the validity of the dismissals as part of the downsizing of DNO’s activities in Yemen during the conflict situation in 2015 and whether DNO obstructed the workers’ right to organise and collective bargaining. It is claimed that DNO has violated labour rights in Yemen.

DNO believes that the key issue in the submission is the validity of the dismissals as part of the downsizing process in Yemen. This issue is currently the subject of a court case in Yemen. DNO believes that the aim of the submission is to contest the lawfulness of the downsizing of the company carried out in Yemen in 2015. Furthermore, DNO claims that the submission does not come from a party that is directly impacted by the situation, and that it is not sufficiently founded or documented. DNO is of the view that the ongoing court case before the Yemeni courts means that the case should not be considered by the Norwegian NCP.

The NCP has decided to accept the submission for further consideration. The company that is the subject of the submission is Norwegian, and the submitter has a written authorisation to represent DNO Yemen Union.

The fact that a case is currently being heard by the Yemeni courts does not preclude consideration of the matter by the NCP.

On 2 May 2017, the NCP released an initial assessment  accepting the specific instance for further consideration. The purpose of an initial assessment is to decide whether the complaint merits further consideration. This assessment does not address whether DNO has complied with the OECD Guidelines.