Unite Members at Total E&P Shetland Gas Plant Vote for Industrial Action
Unite union members at Total E&P Shetland Gas Plant have voted for industrial action, the UK union has revealed.
A total of 96.8 percent of the members were said to have voted in support of industrial action on a 96.9 percent turnout. The dispute centers on Total's proposals to move to a three on/three off rota at the Shetland Gas Plant, according to Unite.
The union said the result will add to the “mounting pressure” on Total E&P UK, who it said was facing a similar ballot for offshore members who work on the Alwyn, Elgin and Dunbar platforms “over the company proposals to review terms and conditions across its North Sea operations”.
John Boland, Unite regional industrial officer, described support for industrial action at the Shetland site as “emphatic”.
“The emphatic support for industrial action by Unite members at Total E&P Shetland Gas Plant will add to the mounting pressure on the company to get back round the negotiating table,” Boland said in an organization statement.
“If Total E&P continue this counter-productive and intransigent path to enforce three-week shift rotas then this will inevitably lead to widespread disruption across its operations,” he added.
Total E&P UK was not immediately available for comment.
Unite, along with fellow UK union RMT, has previously condemned the three-week-on three-week off shift rota present within the UK.
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