Unite Press Release

For immediate use: Friday 29 July 2016

Drop the cuts to stop the dispute say offshore oil and gas workers

Offshore trade unions, Unite and RMT have issued a fresh call to Wood Group to drop its cuts to pay and allowances and hold further talks to resolve the dispute ahead of further strike action on Shell platforms planned for next week.

The cuts, which equate in some cases to a massive 30 per cent drop in pay in allowances, triggered a 24-hour stoppage on Tuesday 26 July backed by a series of additional three hour stoppages.

A 48-hour strike is now scheduled for Thursday 4 August, affecting the Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Nelson, Gannet, Shearwater and Curlew platforms. The strike this week saw declarations of support from trade unionists across the globe, including those working in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, and was accompanied by demonstrations at Wood Group locations on shore.

Commenting Unite Regional Officer John Boland, said: “Industrial action is always a last resort and throughout this dispute the trade unions have sought to find a resolution in direct talks with Wood Group and at the conciliation service, Acas.

“However, the solid actions this week and the support that the workers received is a clear demonstration of the strength of feeling and their resolve to resist these attacks on pay and allowances.

“The cuts in take home pay come on top of the imposition of job losses and major changes, such as the potentially unsafe shift to three week blocks of working offshore.

“The workforce is clearly of the view that enough is enough.

“Wood Group needs to move away from constantly attacking the terms and conditions of its workforce and move on to a more positive agenda of working with the unions to overcome the problems affecting the offshore oil industry.

“Wood Group needs to drop the cuts and get back round the table with us if it genuinely wants to avoid further industrial action.”

ENDS

For further information, contact John Boland on 07918 630435 or 01224 645 271.

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Fellesforbundet – oil and gas union in Norway sends support.

Dear colleagues
Going out on the first strike in the British oil and gas sector is a big and brave desision. As an oil and gas union in Norway Fellesforbundet supports your rightful demands. We see as the oil prices have gone down that companies try to cut costs whereever they can. More often than not they go after workers hard earned wages and rights and safety. Fellesforbundet wishes you every success in this important strike, and stand by you in your struggle.

Best regards
Atle Høie
International secretary
Fellesforbundet

Vennlig hilsen

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More messages of support.

Full support from the Scottish Construction RISC ,Could you please pass on a message of solidarity and support to our comrades in the Wood Group who are taking industrial action in defense of their terms and conditions. They have our full support and solidarity in their actions.

John Gillespie Chair

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IndustriAll European support letter

By e-mail to: industriAll European Trade Union Affiliates of Unite the Union and

RMT at Wood Group in North Sea (oilc.rmt.secretary@gmail.com and offshoreunite@gmail.com).

CC: Len McCluskey (General Secretary of Unite the Union), Tony Burke (Assistant General Secretary of Unite the Union), Mich Cash (General Secretary of RMT).

LT/SL/AN/FV

Brussels, 25th July 2016

Dear friends and comrades,

On behalf of industriAll European Trade Union representing 7 millions of industrial workers in Europe, we voice our solidarity to the Unite and RMT members employed by Wood group on Shell oil platforms in the Brent Field on the North Sea. IndustriAll Europe supports the first strike in a generation that will be held on the 26th July 2016 and the stoppages of the following weeks striving to open meaningful negotiations concerning the dispute.

Last years, imposition of three weeks working cycle (instead of two) on off-shore hard working and highly skilled workers already harshened their jobs. Today, we will no longer accept deterioration of working conditions and strongly believe it is unacceptable that the Wood group cut pay and allowances by 30%. These attempts of the company to cut in working conditions and salaries must be stopped NOW! We support you in your demand from the company to immediately start meaningful negotiations and propose equal, fair and quality working conditions for all offshore oil workers in Europe.

IndustriAll European Trade Union has developed over the last years several activities to defend workers of the ‘off-shore oil and gas’-sector, and we will continue to do so. Our European affiliates will all be informed about your fight and we will ask them to actively support your actions on Tuesday 26th July and in the upcoming days and weeks.

IndustriAll European Trade Union draws its strength from unity and in solidarity we will continue to address worker-related challenges.

In solidarity, Michael Vassiliadis President Luc Triangle General Secretary

Messages of support

As much as I would love to be there at both locations, because of my health I am unable to travel. But let me take the opportunity to give my whole hearted support to you all.

I will be there in spirit though.
In Solidarity
Dave McRae. Ex Unite rep. Retired. Mem no. 40192075.
Best regards to Wully Wallace.
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One day Longer, one day Stronger! V.Lartson
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Poem of support from Panhelenic Metalworkers Federation

 

metal workers fed logo

To,

-Unite the Union

-RMT

Dear colleagues,

We would like to express to you our full support about the struggle which is given by our colleagues in the Wood Group on Shell Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms in the Brent Field on the North Sea.

We support and we are in solidarity with the strike actions of the members of Unite and RMT.

The workers of the “offshore oil and gas“ sector are working under very difficult and harsh conditions and must be rewarded with fair pay and provided with safe working conditions.

We condemn the wage reductions of 30% and the change in the working cycle of workers imposed by the Administration of the Wood Group.

We stand in solidarity alongside our fellow strikers in offshore oil and gas and we wish every possible success in their struggles and their demands.

The President                                  The General Secretary

 

Theodoros Dimitriadis                    Markos Kontizas