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.

Workers back on Elginworkers on the Alwyn (pictured), Elgin and Dunbar platforms are balloting on industrial action.

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Unite announce strike days on Total’s oil and gas offshore platforms

05 July 2018

Unite the union has today (5 July) announced a series of strike days on the North Sea oil and gas platforms operated by Total E&P. Following the overwhelming mandate for industrial action, there will be a series of 24 hour and 12 hour stoppages on the three platforms affected (Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin), all of which will be forced to cease production.

There will also be a continuous ban on overtime commencing at 00.01 hours on 23 July. The dispute concerns the company’s wage review and its plans to force workers to increase their offshore working time. A report by Robert Gordon University identified that workers on three-week, equal-time rotas were nearly twice as likely to experience ill health as those on two-on-two-off shifts. The three on/three off rota pattern is now worked by 56 per cent of the workforce offshore, compared with just 17 per cent working the same pattern in 2007.

24 Hour Stoppages
• Starting at 06.00 hours on 23 July, 6 August and 20 August.

12 Hour Stoppages
• Starting at 12.00 hours on 30 July and 13 August.

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 the company 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.”

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Pictured is Willie Wallace (Unite regional Officer) at the press conference at Unite The Union, King Street, Aberdeen. Picture by DARRELL BENNS Pictured on 10/04/2018

 

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

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information contact Wullie Wallace on 01224645271 or 07712444952.

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.


Offshore trade union Unite has announced that strikes will go ahead on three of French oil giant Total’s North Sea rigs in a dispute over pay and working hours.

The Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin platforms will see workers down tools in a series of 24 hour and 12 hour strikes.

Unite said in a statement that a continuous ban on overtime will also take place commencing at 00.01 hours on 23 July.

The 24 hour stoppages will begin at 06.00 hours on 23 July, 6 August and 20 August with the 12 hour stoppages starting at 12.00 hours on 30 July and 13 August.

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 centres on a wage review outlined by Total and concerns that it may force workers to increase offshore working time.

Jean-Luc Guiziou, Managing Director of Total E&P UK, said: “Our workforce at the Shetland Gas Plant and on the Elgin, Alwyn and Dunbar platforms do a very good job and we will do our best to work towards a resolution of this dispute. I know from talking to our workforce that we can find a negotiated solution.

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“We have started a structured process of meetings and workshops that will hopefully allow us to reach a consensus.  By moving to a 3/3 rota, we’ll be in a much stronger place to grow our business and increase operational excellence.

“Our objective is to seek a rota system that both enhances overall safety and is the most efficient – in this way we will ensure the long term sustainability of our business in the North Sea.

“I also believe that we will only move forward together, so I look forward to a constructive dialogue with our offshore staff and their representatives.”

Last week, Unite said workers on the three rigs had voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of strike action, while providing a 100% “mandate” for industrial action short of strike.

Tensions were raised last week when Total decided to increase security after a week of rancour with staff concerning a wage review, feared changes to shift patterns and anger over the firm’s plans to hold a barbecue in the midst of redundancies.

In an internal release to staff on Friday, Total said it would introduce “security measures” at its headquarters in Westhill, Crawpeel House in Aberdeen, Shetland Gas Plant and its warehouses and quayside.

 


 

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Piper Alpha: Offshore employers haven’t learned the lesson, trade union boss says

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Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty

Pat Rafferty, Scottish Secretary of the Unite trade union, says he does not believe employers have learned enough from the disaster.

In fact he fears things are now heading in the wrong direction from the perspective of worker safety.

The Cullen report “should have led to significant changes in the oil and gas sector that would protect workers in the future and make the industry safer,” he says.

“Instead, 30 years on, we have witnessed an industry that is driven increasingly by cost reductions, with corners and jobs being cut to save money.

“What is more disgraceful is that we now know that Piper Alpha could have been avoided.

“The accident was caused by cost-driven decisions. And when costs become more important than safety, Piper Alpha shows that the result can be catastrophic.

“Unite remembers those that were lost on Piper Alpha. They serve as a reminder that corners must never be cut and that the job done by workers in the North Sea is one of the most dangerous around. But we also remember those who were left.”

He cites the ongoing concerns of a survivor who told him he wanted to remain anonymous “for fear of being blacklisted under Not Required Back (NRB).”

“This is where workers who raise issues around health and safety find there is no more work for them”, said Mr Rafferty.

“This fear of speaking out is another damning indictment of the culture which still exists and shows employers have learned little from Lord Cullen’s report.

“As a young man just starting his career offshore, he was working on the Sedco 714 Semi Sub Drilling Unit the night tragedy struck.

“He recalls radio communications coming out over the airwave channels and everyone tuned in to listen for updates on Piper Alpha and this still haunts him.

“He can recall friends lost. His own neighbour lost her husband, which left their children without a father. Partners, husbands, fathers, grandfathers and brothers, all lost.

“The tragedy has left a lasting legacy.

“The sad thing is he believes it could happen again.

“He speaks about a lack of communication today. Of low morale and the intense work pressures that are leading to safety-critical work being missed. But we now have an added risk: inexperience.

“The loss of so many experienced workers; some who died that day, others who have left the industry either through redundancy or because they are disillusioned about the way the industry is going, has created a tier of workers with less experience of dealing with the everyday pressures of such a safety-critical and harsh industry.”

That situation, he believes, is being further worsened by the recent introduction of three-weeks-on and three-weeks-off shift rotas.

He said: “That will only add to the pressures on workers.

“A recent report by Robert Gordon University for the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) highlights the mental and physical exhaustion felt by those on the newer three-week shifts.

“It also raised concerns about the impact on workers’ wellbeing, and blamed the change for making health issues worse.

“We must never forget the lessons of Piper Alpha.

“But 30 years on, we should have learned something and it doesn’t look like offshore employers have.

“The Workers’ Memorial Day has a strapline: remember the dead, fight for the living. We do remember; we will never forget.

“But we must also continuhttps://www.facebook.com/UniteDemandBackHomeSafe/e the fight to make sure the industry is as safe as it can possibly be to ensure workers can return home at the end of their shift.”

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Total steps up security against protests

 

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French oil giant Total will step up security at its north-east facilities amid protest concerns after a week of high-profile disputes with staff over pay and hours, which resulted in a vote in favour of strike action.

Total’s decision to increase security comes after a week of rancour with staff concerning a wage review, feared changes to shift patterns and anger over the firm’s plans to hold a barbecue in the midst of redundancies.

In an internal release to staff yesterday, Total said it would introduce “security measures” at its headquarters in Westhill, Crawpeel House in Aberdeen, Shetland Gas Plant and its warehouses and quayside.

The letter said security stationed at Total sites will “remain vigilant” to “ensure any potential protest remains peaceful”.

Last night a trade union spokesman branded the decision “ridiculous” and called Total’s proposed actions “disrespectful” to staff.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “It seems like they’re expecting us to storm the buildings or something. We haven’t even put in the industrial action notices yet.

“This seems to be an overreaction by Total.

“Between this and the barbecue announcement the other day, they really seem all over the place.”

Total refused to comment yesterday but the decision is thought to centre on protest threats made by political activists on social media over the last few days.

The French firm intends to switch schedules from two weeks on, three weeks off, to three on, three off.

It is also making around 300 onshore staff members redundant as part of the process of integrating Maersk Oil, a recent acquisition.

Much of the anger from workers has been directed at Total’s new UK boss, Jean-Luc Guiziou, who unions blame for a perceived attempt to force through changes to wages and working hours.

 

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Jean-Luc Guiziou

 

 

 

 

 

Asked if offshore workers unions are planning protests at Total sites, Mr Boland  Unite the Union regional officer said: “As of now we have got no protest planned at Total facilities.

“Certainly, if we did have any protests planned, we would go through the normal procedures such as informing the police.

“The last thing we would do is put anybody at risk.

“Again, I think it’s a bit disrespectful. It’s maybe the French way of doing things, I don’t know.”

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John Boland Unite Regional Officer

 

 

 

 

 


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Total’s oil and gas platforms face shutdown as Unite members vote to strike

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28 June 2018

Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by Total E&P working on North Sea oil and gas platforms are set to begin industrial action next month in a dispute over pay and working hours.

If strike action goes ahead Unite believes that the three platforms affected (Alwin, Dunbar and Elgin) will be forced to cease production.

The dispute concerns the company’s wage review and its plans to force workers to increase their offshore working time.

Overwhelming strike vote

The membership voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action and there was an even clearer (100 per cent) mandate in favour of industrial action short of strike.

Unite is currently in the process of consulting members about what type of industrial action will be called and when. Dates for industrial action are expected to be announced early next week, with strikes beginning in July.

Unite regional officer Wullie Wallace said: “The overwhelming vote in favour of strike action demonstrates our members’ anger at Total’s proposals.

Proper Pay

“Our members simply want to be properly paid for the work they undertake in a dangerous and difficult environment.

“Total’s plans to force workers to spend even longer offshore would drive a coach and horses through workers’ work/life balance and would result in them spending even less time with family, friends and loved ones. This raises serious health and wellbeing concerns.

“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.”

The latest ballot result puts further pressure on the company. Last week Unite members employed at Total’s Shetland gas plant voted for industrial action in a dispute over changes to their rota system.

 

Unite, the UK’s largest workers’ union, said its members working for Total E&P on offshore platforms in the UK would begin industrial action in July in a dispute over pay and working hours, as Total is reportedly planning to have workers spend more time offshore.

“If strike action goes ahead Unite believes that the three platforms affected (Alwin, Dunbar, and Elgin) will be forced to cease production. The dispute concerns the company’s wage review and its plans to force workers to increase their offshore working time,” Unite said.

The union said its membership voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike action “and there was an even clearer (100 per cent) mandate in favour of industrial action short of strike.”

Unite said it was “currently in the process of consulting members” about what type of industrial action will be called and when.

Dates for industrial action are expected to be announced early next week, with strikes beginning in July, the union said.

Less time with family

Unite regional officer Wullie Wallace said: “The overwhelming vote in favour of strike action demonstrates our members’ anger at Total’s proposals. Our members simply want to be properly paid for the work they undertake in a dangerous and difficult environment.”

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Wullie Wallace :Unite  regional officer

 

“Total’s plans to force workers to spend even longer offshore would drive a coach and horses through workers’ work/life balance and would result in them spending even less time with family, friends and loved ones. This raises serious health and wellbeing concerns.

“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.”

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

 

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Unite balloting ‘infuriated’ Total workers on industrial action

 

Unite balloting ‘infuriated’ Total workers on industrial action

Workers on the Alwyn (pictured), Elgin and Dunbar platforms are balloting on industrial action.

 

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Remember the dead – fight for the living

 

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Remember the dead – fight for the living

The 28th April is International Workers’ Memorial Day the day each year when workers come together and remember those who have been killed and injured at work. The slogan for the day is “remember the dead – fight for the living”.

Sadly, it is all too likely that know someone who has died at work, has been injured in the workplace or is suffering from an occupational diseases.

It has been found that workplaces that have union safety reps and a safety committee have half the major injury rate of companies that don’t have these structures.

Safety reps play an enormously positive role in society. In 2016 research found that safety reps in the UK saved between £219 million to £725 million by reducing lost time caused by injuries and illness.

The role of union safety reps is increasingly vital. Continued government attacks on safety laws, safety regulations and huge cuts to the funding of the Health and Safety Executive mean that unions and their safety reps are increasingly in the frontline of workplace safety. If unions aren’t keeping their workplaces safe then it is unlikely that anyone else will.

Unions make work SAFE: Decent work for all!

Unite has fought hard to secure safe workplaces and with strong organised workplaces we can ensure that such incidents and tragedies do not happen again.

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Gibraltar
Saturday 28 April, 12 pm (Gibraltar time), Alameda Gardens.

London and Eastern
London – Saturday 28 April assemble for 10:30-11:30 Building Workers’ Statue, Tower Hill, next to the Tower of London

North East, Yorkshire and Humberside

Cleethorpes – Saturday 28 April, 3pm at the Workers’ Memorial and Tree in the Pier Gardens, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8LD

Grimsby – Saturday 28 April, 1pm. At the Worker’s Memorial tree in the grounds of the War Memorial. Nuns Corner Grimsby DN34 5FQ

Hartlepool – Saturday 28 April, 12.30 Refrectory Area, Cleveland College of Art & Design, 1 Church Street, Hartlepool TS24 &DS

Immingham – Saturday 28 April, 1pm. At the Workers’ Memorial and tree in the grounds of the War Memorial, Pelham Road, Immingham DN40 1AB

Leeds, Friday 27 April 12:30 – 13.05 on steps outside Leeds University Students Union Building. Followed by wreath laying at St Georges Field.

Stanley Crook – Saturday 28 April 7pm, St Thomas Church, Stanley Crook, County Durham.

North West 

Workers Memorial Day event, Chorley –
Friday 27 April, Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite, Workers’ Memorial Day Tree, Meet – At the Park Gates, Park Road, Chorley  PR7 1QN at 17:45. All welcome

Manchester – Saturday 28 April 12:00 -13:00 Albert Square Manchester

Liverpool
Saturday 28 April 11:30 -12.15, Hunter Street, Liverpool L3 8EN.

Preston Saturday 28 April, 12:00 – 13:00 Flag Market, Preston.

Scotland

Dundee, Saturday 28 April, 12 noon, Workers memorial tree (adjacent to Discovery Quay), Riverside Drive, Dundee

Edinburgh, Saturday 28 April, 12:30, International Workers’ Memorial Day tree, West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

Falkirk, Saturday 28 April, 12:00, Municipal Buildings, West Bridge Street, Falkirk

Glasgow, Saturday 28 April, 12:00, Glasgow Green

Inverness, Saturday 28 April, 12:45 for 13:00, Workers Memorial, Friars Shot/Huntly Street, Inverness

Kilmarnock, Saturday 28 April assemble at 10:45 for 11:00 start. Dower House, Dean Castle, Kilmarnock

Midlothian, Saturday 28 April, 12:30, Michael McGahey memorial, George V Park, Bonyrigg

South Lanarkshire, Saturday 28 April, 11:30, South Lanarkshire council headquarters, Almada Street/Beckford Street.

West Dunbartonshire, Saturday 28 April, 14:00, Christie Park, Alexandria

South West

Bournemouth, Saturday 28 April 11:00 -11.30 Poole Park War Memorial, Parkstone Road, BH15 2PD.

Bristol, Saturday 28 April 12:00 depart Unite the Union, Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Brstol march to Castle Park for speeches

Gloucester Friday 27 April 10:00 Mariners Church, The Docks,

 

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Offshore workers ‘down tools’ on Mariner platform

Offshore workers ‘down tools’ on Mariner platform

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  • 7 April 2018
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Image captionThe initial phase of action started on Saturday morning

Workers on a North Sea platform say they are staging unofficial industrial action over poor working conditions.

They said they had stopped work at 07:00 on the Mariner platform, 95 miles (150km) east of Shetland.

It is part of one of the largest new offshore developments in UK waters for more than a decade.

Contractor Aker Solutions, which is working for operator Statoil, said it is aware of the situation and is investigating.

A spokesman said: “Aker Solutions has been made aware that some workers based at the Mariner field have chosen not to work today.

“The company has received no official notification of this activity and is looking into this matter.”

Statoil declined to comment.

The initial refusal to work was expected to last four hours, with the possibility of another stoppage starting at 19:00.

 


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