Offshore Workers Strike Hits North Sea Again

Published at 02:59PM - 29/07/16

Hundreds of offshore oil workers contracted by Wood Group are planning to start a second strike on seven Shell platforms in the UK North Sea.

The 48-hour industrial action is scheduled for Thursday 4 August and follows a fresh call by offshore trade unions Unite and RMT for Wood Group to drop the proposed pay cuts and hold further talks to resolve the dispute.

“Wood Group needs to drop the cuts and get back round the table with us if it genuinely wants to avoid further industrial action,” Unite Regional Officer John Boland, said.

Offshore Workers Strike Hits North Sea Again

“Industrial action is always a last resort and throughout this dispute, the trade unions have sought to find a resolution in direct talks with Wood Group and at the conciliation service, Acas,” Boland added.

“However, the solid actions this week and the support that the workers received is a clear demonstration of the strength of the feeling and their resolve to resist these attacks on pay and allowances,” he stated further.

Offshore Workers Strike Hits North Sea Again
Offshore Workers Strike Hits North Sea Again


The strike is expected to affect the Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Nelson, Gannet, Shearwater and Curley platforms, operated by Shell.

The move follows a previous strike which took place on Tuesday 26 July and was supported by a series of additional three-hour stoppages.

Unions Call Out for Wood Group to Drop Pay Cuts

In some cases, the cuts proposed by Wood Group equate to a 30% drop in pay and allowances, the unions explained in a statement.

“The cuts in take home pay come on top of the imposition of job losses and major changes, such as the potentially unsafe shift to three week blocks of working offshore,” Boland explained further.

“The workforce is clearly of the view that enough is enough,” he said, encouraging Wood Group to stop “attacking” the terms and conditions of the workers and adopt “a more positive agenda of working with the unions to overcome the problems affecting the offshore oil industry”.