Unite Members Vote to Strike at Total North Sea Platforms



Unite Members Vote to Strike at Total North Sea Platforms
Members of UK union Unite employed by Total E&P working on North Sea oil and gas platforms are set to begin industrial action next month.

Members of UK union Unite employed by Total E&P working on North Sea oil and gas platforms are set to begin industrial action next month in a dispute over pay and working hours, the union has said.
 
Unite revealed that the membership voted “overwhelmingly in favor” of strike action and said there was an even clearer mandate in favor of industrial action short of strike.

The union stated that it is currently in the process of consulting members about what type of industrial action will be called and when. Dates for industrial action are expected to be announced early next week.

Unite revealed that strikes could begin as early as July. A union spokesperson could not confirm exactly when in the month this action could begin, when asked by Rigzone.

If strike action goes ahead, Unite believes that the three platforms affected (Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin) would be forced to cease production.

“There is still time for industrial action to be avoided and Unite’s door remains open if Total is prepared to make a renewed offer and return to the negotiating table,” Unite Regional Officer Wullie Wallace said in a union statement.

Earlier this month, Unite members employed at Total’s Shetland Gas Plant voted for industrial action in a dispute over changes to their rota system.



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Ricky Brooks  |  July 02, 2018
While I may not know the exact details of the dispute, I must note that if the Union membership has voted to strike that this is a very clear signal that something is seriously wrong with the companies offer. Dr. Gary Reid and his anti Union comments could not be any more false as He himself does not know the specifics either. It is a shame that people like Gary Reid spew their ignorance out in these forums and that they also use degrading comments like that of communist when talking to Unions and or Unionist. Mr Reid you have a right to your opinion but you have no right to change the facts with your demeaning and ignorant rhetoric. You sir are not a Union member of this dispute and therefore you do not have the information required to weigh in as you have. Injustice served anywhere is an injustice to everyone. And therefore if my Union brothers and sister have weighed this out and have collectively decided that this offer is an injustice then I am in full support of them and their right to take action against Total.
Dr Gary Reid  |  June 30, 2018
This Union wants its members to change their Rota so they have more time off then they work. Barring that they want something for nothing. Normal unions, something for nothing, more pay, and you can’t fire them. Might as well stay home and get paid for doing nothing. I worked there w/o the union crap, equal on/off, good rates, good job. Get real union. Stop being communists.