Statement by Wood Group workers on the Shell contracts in the Brent and Central Fields
We have already given a lot of ground because we understand that with a low oil price the companies had to make changes to maintain profitability.
Very few if any of us wanted to go to a 3 week work cycle but we did reluctantly because we are reasonable.
A level 2 Maintenance Tech now earns 6.9% less per offshore day due to the changes to holiday pay which we accepted because we are reasonable.
A Level 2 Maintenance Tech earns 24.7% less per training day which we accepted because we are reasonable.
This is on top of cuts to sick pay, health cover, additional day rates, etc.
What Wood Group have suggested would mean a 30% pay cut to the worst affected without taking in to account further cuts to sick pay and training rates etc. This is not reasonable!
Nobody here wants to lose their job or to take industrial action but we need to make it known that we are willing to take this stand if pushed.
We feel the pressure is on us now for the benefit of the North Sea as a whole not to roll over again. If Wood Group gets away with imposing more big changes here the rest of the industry will no doubt follow suit,
This is our only opportunity to stay strong and say no, not just for us but for the whole of the North Sea!
Unite members have gone into dispute with Wood Group to protect their Terms & Conditions and they are prepared to take Industrial Action if these proposed cuts are not withdrawn.
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