Total workers in the North Sea to strike over working hours and pay


Strikes on the Oil Giant Total’s North Sea oil rigs will commence on 23 July, according to a statement released by Unite, the offshore trade union.

The strike, decided by a dispute over pay and working hours, will apply to the Alwyn, Dunbar, and Elgin rigs and will be rolled out in a series of 24-hour and 12-hour strikes. There will also be a continuous ban on overtime from 00.01 hours.

Unite regional officer Wullie Wallace said: “The overwhelming vote in favour of strike action demonstrates the fury at Total’s proposals to impose changes to the working practices and conditions on its three platforms.

“There remains a closing window of opportunity for Total to behave responsibly and engage with Unite to revise its current offer. However, if Total does not wish to negotiate, then they will be left in no uncertain terms of the strength of feeling of Unite members which will lead to widespread disruption of the company’s operations.”

The dispute derives from a wage review published by Total that warns the oil giant may force workers to increase their offshore hours.

According to Unite, professionals working on the three rigs in question voted “overwhelmingly” towards a strike.

Total has also harmed its employee-employer relationship by increasing security just one week after the wage review. Total said it would execute “security measures” at headquarters in Westhill, Aberdeen and the Shetland Gas Plant.


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