Wood Group Holds Constructive Talks with Unions
Oilfield services company Wood Group has held constructive talks with the UK Unite and RMT unions, following a dispute over changes to pay and allowances for workers in the North Sea.
"Wood Group and the Unite and RMT unions have held two full days of constructive discussions which will continue next week,” said a joint statement from Wood Group and the Unite and RMT unions.
"These talks, which are allowing all parties to bring ideas to the table, involved union officials, offshore shop stewards and Wood Group management. These collaborative discussions have demonstrated a clear, shared understanding of the issues being raised by all parties, plus the challenges facing the North Sea. We remain focused on reaching a mutually acceptable outcome, which demonstrates collective leadership in shaping the future of the North Sea,” the statement continued.
The unions and Wood Group have agreed not to make any further public statements regarding this matter, in order to facilitate “open and honest discussions,” said a Unite spokesperson.
In July, Unite and RMT revealed that a large portion of Wood Group employees working across Shell operated assets in the North Sea supported industrial action over the disputes.
The first 24-hour strike took place July 26 and involved around 400 workers from both unions. A second 48-hour strike occurred Aug. 4, which disrupted planned shutdowns on the Brent Charlie, Shearwater and Nelson platforms in the North Sea. Several more strikes are also being planned by the unions in the near future, although these are currently suspended to allow for fresh talks.
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