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 ( and

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


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

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