Offshore Oil Workers Set New Strike Dates

Published at 08:09AM - 10/08/16

Unite and RMT trade union members employed by the Wood Group on Shell’s North Sea facilities are set to stage another round of strike actions over the next week.

This follows the lack of consensus reached between union members and the Wood Group on pay and conditions.

“Unite the union has called for urgent talks with energy company Wood Group in order to avert further strike action in the North Sea,” the union announced on its website.

Offshore Oil Workers Set New Strike Dates

Unite confirmed on Monday the dates for further strike action, which is set to begin on Monday 15 August.

The union members are getting ready to stage 24-hour stoppages n 15, 22 and 29 August 2016.

On Brent Alpha and Brent Bravo, the 24-hour stoppages will take place on 16, 23 and 30 August, while on the Nelson, Gannet and Shearwater platforms, it will take place on 17, 24 and 31 August.

Members on the Brent Charlie platform will take 6-hour stoppages starting at 06:30 and 18:30 on 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 August and 3 September 2016.

Wood Group Postpones Fresh Pay Talks

“Last week, Wood Group refused to take these proposed cuts off the table in order to allow proper negotiations. Now we have been told that the company is not willing to have talks until next week at the earliest. We find that astonishing,” Unite regional officer John Boland, said.

“The company needs to start taking this dispute seriously. No-one takes industrial action lightly, but our members are staying united in the face of this unwarranted attack on their pay and conditions. These further strike dates show their determination,” he added.

“We know the North Sea and oil and gas industry is facing challenges, but companies have to realise that they can’t prop up their profits or create a sustainable industry by attacking their workers,” Boland stated further.

The latest strike action by Wood Group workers took place on August 4 and lasted for 48 hours.

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