Strikes Begin at Shetland Gas Plant



Strikes Begin at Shetland Gas Plant
Unite union members at Shetland Gas Plant have commenced industrial action.

Unite union members at Shetland Gas Plant have commenced industrial action.

The strike - which is linked to industrial action which took place on March 11 at the Total Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin platforms - is the first in a series of planned stoppages at the plant. Unite confirmed Tuesday that further 24-hour strikes at Shetland Gas Plant are scheduled for the following dates:

  • March 27
  • April 10
  • April 24
  • May 8

These dates mark a slight deviation from Unite’s initial strike schedule, which planned a 24-hour stoppage at the Shetland Gas Plant on April 27, instead of April 24.

In February, UK union Unite revealed that its offshore membership voted “overwhelmingly” for industrial action on the Elgin-Franklin, North Alwyn, Dunbar and Shetland Gas Plant assets. Operated by Aker Solutions and Petrofac, the assets cover over two hundred workers, according to Unite.

The dispute centers on Aker and Petrofac proposing to change shift rotations from a two-weeks-on-three-weeks-off pattern to a 3:3/3:4 pattern and reduce existing terms and conditions “at the behest” of parent company Total, Unite revealed in a statement released last month.

Unite members voted for industrial action at the Shetland Gas Plant by 95.1 per cent, according to Unite.

To see Unite’s initial strike schedule on the Elgin-Franklin, North Alwyn, Dunbar and Shetland Gas Plant assets, click here.



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