Unite urges talks after extending North Sea strikes

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK – The Unite union has called for talks with Wood Group to avert further strike action in the UK North Sea.
Earlier this week the union confirmed dates for further strike action by its members employed by Wood Group, starting Aug. 15.

They perform maintenance and repair on platforms owned by Shell, including the Brent complex in the UK northern North Sea.

Unite says its members are protesting against planned cuts in pay and allowances of up to 30%.

Regional officer John Boland said: “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.

“The company needs to start taking this dispute seriously...We know the North Sea oil and gas industry is facing challenges, but companies have to realize that they can’t prop up their profits or create a sustainable industry by attacking their workers.”


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