More North Sea Strikes to be Held in August

More North Sea Strikes to be Held in August
Unite and RMT union members working for Wood Group will stage several more strikes in the North Sea throughout August over a dispute surrounding cuts to pay and allowances.

Unite and RMT union members working for Wood Group will stage several more strikes in the North Sea throughout August over a dispute surrounding cuts to pay and allowances.

A Unite spokesperson confirmed to Rigzone that industrial action is scheduled to take place on the following platforms at the following times and dates:

  • Curlew platform on Aug. 15, 22 and 29 starting at 7:00 GMT (24 hour stoppage)
  • Brent Alpha and Bravo on Aug. 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 GMT on each of these days (24 hour stoppage)
  • Nelson, Gannet and Shearwater on Aug. 17, 24 and 31 from 6:30 GMT (24 hour stoppage).
  • Brent Charlie on Aug. 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 and Sept. 3, starting from 6:30 and 18:30 (6 hour stoppages)

“The reason for this new set of industrial action is that despite us offering to meet at any time, Wood Group have made no attempt set up any meetings to resolve this dispute,” said Unite Regional Officer John Boland.

“We believe the escalation of industrial action is extremely unhelpful towards reaching a resolution and we are bitterly disappointed and frustrated that this decision has been taken,” said Dave Stewart, CEO for Wood Group’s eastern region business unit. 

“We remain wholly focused on resolving this matter. The mutual goal shared by us, our employees and the unions is safeguarding jobs in this challenging economic climate; it is crucial that we work together, collaboratively to realign the cost base to create a sustainable future for the North Sea,” he added.

RMT and Unite union members began a 48-hour strike Aug. 4 on Shell platforms in the North Sea as part of the dispute. This marked the second strike held by the union members working for Wood Group in just over a week, with the first strike taking place July 26 by over 400 members of RMT and Unite.

“After savage redundancies and attacks on workload and working conditions this group of offshore workers have been told that they are going to be railroaded into accepting pay cuts of up to 30 percent. They have chosen not to bend the knee, they have chosen to stand up and fight,” said RMT General Secretary Mick Cash in an organization statement released Aug. 4.

A graduate in journalism from Cardiff University, Andreas has eight years of experience as a business journalist. Email Andreas at andreas.exarheas@rigzone.com

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Les Shand | Aug. 10, 2016
....they have chosen not to bend the knee...., is this the 1970s? Suck it up, and get on with your jobs, while you still have one! Shell must be considering tearing up contract with Wood Group. UK unions are using several industries as pawns during the current political turmoil, with union leaders in ever greater control of the Labour party, and Jeremy Corbyn.

Geoffrey May | Aug. 10, 2016
Sack them, there are plenty of others out there that want a job.


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