Unite Carries Out Strike in North Sea
UK union Unite is carrying out a strike on the Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin platforms in the North Sea today, a union spokesperson has confirmed.
“All rigs are shutdown with no production,” the spokesperson told Rigzone.
Last month Unite announced a series of strike days on the platforms. The strike today is a 24-hour stoppage. Further strikes on the platforms are scheduled for August 13 (12-hour stoppage) and August 20 (24-hour stoppage).
A 24-hour stoppage on July 23 and a 12-hour stoppage on July 30 have already taken place on Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin. A continuous ban on overtime has also been in place since 00.01 hours on July 23.
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.
Last month, analysts at BMI Research said the increasing scale and repetition of labor strikes in the North Sea raises operational risks to both the timelines of new project developments and to the longer-term investment attractiveness of operations in the region.