Offshore Coordinating Group on Wood Group dispute
Commenting after ballots of Unite and RMT members working for the Wood Group on Shell’s North Sea installations demonstrated overwhelming support for industrial action, Tommy Campbell, Chair of the Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG) and Unite said:
“The Offshore Co-ordinating Group strongly supports this organised fightback against swingeing wage cuts imposed by the Wood Group. The high turnout speaks volumes about the determination of these trade union members to defend their terms and conditions and halt the race to the bottom.
“Their stand is a shining example to other offshore workers who are currently considering fighting back against the unjustifiable actions of too many North Sea employers. The OCG calls upon other offshore workers not to be drawn into undermining this dispute by doing the work of striking workers.
“The OCG is also extremely concerned to hear that Shell is considering using strike breaking employment agency staff to work on platform helicopter decks.
“We would remind Shell that serious safety issues are involved in the use of temporary staff offshore. Agency staff will have to be fully trained and supervised for at least 12 helicopter landings. We will be alerting our colleagues in BALPA to this fact and their members will be asked to be vigilant in the event that agency staff are deployed in safety critical posts.
“In addition we understand that employment agencies may also be used to deploy deck crew with banksman slinger tickets so we will be asking Nautilus International to alert all supply vessel Masters to be vigilant too.
“Instead of misusing employment agencies Shell should be using their considerable influence to persuade Wood Group to back off with their wage cuts and help bring an end to this dispute.”
The OCG was recently established to coordinate trade union policy and campaigns in the oil and gas sector. The following unions are members of the OCG: Unite, RMT, GMB, BALPA and Nautilus International.
For further information contact:
Tommy Campbell, Unite and Chair OCG 07810157920
Jake Molloy, RMT and Vice Chair OCG 07711 359 705
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