More Total North Sea staff vote for industrial action

Members of Britain’s Unite union have voted to start industrial action next month on Total E&P UK offshore facilities in a dispute over pay and working hours.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK– Members of Britain’s Unite union have voted to start industrial action next month on Total E&P UK offshore facilities in a dispute over pay and working hours.

If strike action goes ahead, Unite believes the Alwin, Dunbar, and Elgin platforms will all be forced to cease production.

The dispute concerns Total’s wage review and its plans to increase offshore working time, the union added.

Currently Unite is consulting members over what type of industrial action will be called and when. Dates will be announced early next week, with strikes to start in July.

Regional officer Wullie Wallace said: “Our members simply want to be properly paid for the work they undertake in a dangerous and difficult environment…

“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.”

Last week Unite members employed at Total’s Shetland gas plant voted for industrial action in a dispute over changes to their rota system.

06/29/2018

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