Unions Suspend Strike Action in North Sea
Unite and RMT union members working for Wood Group have suspended industrial action in the North Sea to allow for fresh talks with the oilfield services company.
“Wood Group have agreed to stop the implementation of the current proposals to allow fresh engagement and talks,” said an RMT statement on the organization’s website.
“As a result of this welcome development your National Executive Committee has decided to suspend all industrial action in this dispute to allow these discussions to take place. Therefore members must work normally,” the statement added.
Union members had scheduled to stage several strikes in the North Sea throughout August over a dispute surrounding cuts to pay and allowances. It is assumed that these strikes will continue if the talks prove unsuccessful.
These strikes were 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)
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.
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