LONDON — Unite the Union confirmed on May 23 that about 1,650 contractors will begin two new rounds of 48-hour strike action in an increasingly bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions in the offshore sector.
About 1,650 contractors across five companies will now participate in strike action from June 1-3, and then from June 8-10.
The prospective action includes electrical, production and mechanical technicians in addition to deck crew, scaffolders, crane operators, pipefitters, platers and riggers working for Bilfinger UK Ltd., Stork Technical Services, and Sparrows Offshore Services.
The latest 48-hour strike action will hit multibillion oil and gas operators including Apache, bp, Harbour Energy, Enquest, Ithaca, Repsol, Shell and TAQA. It follows previous rounds of strike action in April and May.
Last week Unite announced that about 600 Bilfinger contractors on Ithaca, CNRI and TAQA assets rejected new pay offers. The trade union confirmed that the workers would participate in 48-hour stoppages along with 200 Bilfinger contractors working on bp and Repsol assets. About 650 Stork offshore members will join the stoppages in June along with 200 offshore workers employed by Sparrows.