Norway's striking oil union talking with oil firms Thurs, sees solution in sight

OSLO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Norway’s Lederne union had exchanged proposals with the group representing oil companies and hoped a situation could be found before workers escalate their strike on Oct. 10, its head told Reuters on Thursday.

“I think, we have a plan, and it (the dispute) can be solved in two steps,” Audun Ingvartsen said in an interview.

“We can look into ways how to solve it for the short-term, and then we can go back to it later.”

“There is still time to reach the agreement. Hopefully, we can have a good conversation (with the Norwegian Oil and Association) today.

“If there is no deal, of course, we will escalate the strike,” he added. (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Gwladys Fouche)