North Sea Offshore Workers Strike:

Fresh North Sea strike action to be heldstriking oil workers

Dates for fresh strike action to be held by offshore workers this month have been announced.

Unite and the RMT unions are representing workers involved in the dispute over pay and conditions with oil services company Wood Group.

Both 48-hour and 24-hour strikes have already been held on seven Shell-operated platforms.

Wood Group described the escalation of industrial action as “unhelpful”.

The RMT said notice had been served for more stoppages on the platforms with hundreds of workers taking part.

  • Industrial action would be taken on Curlew on 15, 22, and 29 August starting at 07:00.
  • On Brent Alpha and Bravo it would be taken on 16, 23 and 30 August from 06:30 each of these days.
  • For Nelson, Gannet and Shearwater action is scheduled for 17, 24 and 31 August, from 06:30.
  • Brent Charlie faces a series of six-hour stoppages starting at 06:30 and 18:30 on 16, 20, 23, 27, and 30 August and 3 September.

Dave Stewart, a senior executive with Wood Group, said: “We believe the escalation of industrial action is extremely unhelpful towards reaching a resolution and we are bitterly disappointed and frustrated that this decision has been taken.

“We remain wholly focused on resolving this matter. The mutual goal shared by us, our employees and the unions is safeguarding jobs in this challenging economic climate; it is crucial that we work together, collaboratively to realign the cost base to create a sustainable future for the North Sea.”

A spokesperson for Shell said the company was also disappointed by the unions’ decision.

“The UK oil and gas industry faces unprecedented challenges in light of the lower oil price environment,” the spokesperson said.

“Structural change is essential if the North Sea is to remain competitive. We would encourage Wood Group management and employees to continue with their discussions so that a resolution to this action may be found.”

The initial 24-hour strike was the first industrial action of its kind in the North Sea in nearly 30 years and was followed by a 48-hour stoppage the following week.

Aberdeen-based Wood Group provides maintenance and construction to Shell and signed a three-year extension to its contract earlier this year.

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