Striking Wood Group Employees in North Sea Reach Deal

Striking Wood Group employees have reached a deal with the company following a revised proposal from the oil services group, Wood Group confirmed Thursday.

“We welcome our employees’ support for the revised proposal, which recognizes their skills, flexibility and capabilities and demonstrates collective leadership in shaping the future of the North Sea,” said Dave Stewart, Wood Group’s eastern region CEO.

“We recognize that this has been a difficult period for everyone involved and we respect the workforce for accepting this revised proposal in relation to the current market conditions. This resolution was enabled by the strong engagement within the joint working group of Wood Group representatives, union officials and shop stewards. We are committed to continuing to build on the relationships formed and regular engagement with our offshore workforce,” he added.

Labor unions Unite and RMT held several strikes in the North Sea recently due to proposed cutbacks from Wood Group, which included reducing workers’ pay and allowances (such as sick pay, life insurance and travel rates) by up to 30 percent, according to an RMT document.

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 pay 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 were also being planned by the unions in the near future, although these are expected to be abolished following the acceptance of the deal.

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