Union, Total to Hold Discussions Thursday
UK union Unite has revealed that it will hold discussions with Total on Thursday, August 16, to try and reach a resolution to a dispute which has seen Unite carry out strikes on the Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin rigs in the North Sea.
The most recent strike was a 12-hour stoppage on August 13. Prior to this, Unite carried out a 24-hour stoppage on July 23, a 12-hour stoppage on July 30 and a 24-hour stoppage on August 6. A continuous ban on overtime has also been in place since 00.01 hours on July 23.
In a statement released Tuesday, Unite revealed that there had been a meeting between its representatives and Total on August 9, but said “negligible progress in these negotiations was made”.
“Ultimately, the talks to date have not been productive nor produced significant movement by the company to address the concerns of our members,” a union spokesperson said in the statement.
Unite is currently planning to strike on Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin on August 20, September 3 and 17 and October 1, 15 and 29.
In June, Unite announced that its members employed by Total E&P working on North Sea oil and gas platforms were set to begin industrial action in July in a dispute over pay and working hours.
A part of a separate dispute, Unite announced Friday, August 10, that members working at Total’s Shetland Gas Plant had accepted an improved pay offer, after having previously voted for industrial action back in June.
The union said that 65 percent of Unite members on a 94 percent turnout accepted the new deal, which is said to include a base salary increase of 15 percent and a “significant” retention bonus.
Unite said the 3/3 rota at the site will be retained on the basis of 168 working days, which will include two weeks holiday and “a commitment not to negatively change the rota for the next three years”.
“Following months of negotiations, Unite members have secured a significant victory at the Shetland Gas Plant,” John Boland, Unite regional industrial officer, said in a union statement last week.
“On balance, our members have agreed to this new offer and all industrial action is now cancelled,” he added.
Unite, which has its head office in London, describes itself as “the foremost union in energy with members in every form of power generation”.
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