North Sea oil workers in strike vote

Crisis talks have been ongoing between unions and employers in a bid to avert industrial action following changes to working conditions including shift patterns, pay and job cuts.

Since last summer worldwide prices for oil and gas have been tumbling, from a price of $110 (£70) per barrel to a low of less than half that earlier this year.


As a result, North Sea firms have shed hundreds of oil and gas jobs with the fear that the slump could bite still deeper.


Last week, plans to ballot thousands of North Sea workers were put on hold to allow fresh negotiations to take place. Members of the GMB and Unite unions were due to vote on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action over “unilateral” changes to working conditions.


The unions said both sides tabled new proposals which will now be considered ahead of further talks. But yesterday Unite told its members to be “ballot ready”. More than 93 per cent of its members voted in favour of industrial action after 2,500 ballot letters were sent out.


Source: The


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