First strike under way at three Total North Sea platforms

Britain’s Unite union has confirmed that personnel on UK North Sea oil and gas platforms operated by Total E&P have gone on strike until 0600 tomorrow morning.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK– Britain’s Unite union has confirmed that personnel on UK North Sea oil and gas platforms operated by Total E&P have gone on strike until 0600 tomorrow morning.

This follows an overwhelming mandate for industrial action by members, Unite said.

Further action is planned on the three platforms affected (Alwyn, Dunbar, and Elgin), comprising:

24-hour stoppages
• Starting at 06.00 on August 6 and 20

12-hour stoppages
• Starting at 12.00 on July 30 and August 13.

Starting today, a continuous ban is also in force on overtime. The dispute concerns Total’s wage review and what the union alleges are plans to force workers to increase their offshore working time.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “We can confirm that the strike action on Alwyn, Dunbar, and Elgin platforms has gone ahead as planned. Production has been stopped and the wells have been shut.

“Although no further talks are planned at present we would urge the company to come back to us with an improved offer to get our members back to work and the wells up and running again.”

07/23/2018

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