Statement on Wood Group dispute

 

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Statement on Wood Group dispute

12 August 2016
The following announcement has been issued jointly by Wood Group and the Unite and RMT Trade Unions in relation to the current dispute involving workers on the Shell facilities in the North Sea.
“Wood Group and the Unite and RMT unions can confirm we have agreed to restart the process for resolution of the current dispute. We will hold a number of full-day meetings over the next few weeks, starting early next week, to take a fresh look at the issues. All parties recognise that the challenges we are facing in the North Sea are both real and serious and there is acceptance that change is required and will happen.
“These fresh talks will allow all parties to bring ideas to the table and provide opportunities for employees in particular, along with unions and management, to contribute to a mutually successful outcome and demonstrate leadership in shaping the future of the North Sea. We believe that this collaborative approach to addressing the challenging and well-publicised situation in the oil & gas sector is the best way for us to resolve this current dispute and contribute to creating a sustainable model for the North Sea.
“For these talks to be successful, it is essential to create a constructive environment in which they can take place. Wood Group has therefore agreed to stop the implementation of the current proposal for the duration of this fresh engagement and talks, and in response to this RMT and Unite have agreed to suspend any further strike action for the duration of this fresh engagement and talks.
“During this period, and to facilitate open and honest discussions, neither Wood Group nor the unions will make any public statements in relation to this matter.”
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For further information contact Unite Scotland Media & Communications Officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email: david.eyre@unitetheunion.org
Notes to editors:
Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy.  The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.

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Joint Statement by Unite the Union, RMT Union and the Wood Group in relation to the current dispute involving workers on the Shell facilities in the North Sea.

 

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The following announcement has been issued jointly by  Unite the Union , RMT Trade Union and the Wood Group  in relation to the current dispute involving workers on the Shell facilities in the North Sea.

Wood Group and the Unite and RMT unions can confirm we have agreed to restart the process for resolution of the current dispute. We will hold a number of full-day meetings over the next few weeks, starting early next week, to take a fresh look at the issues. All parties recognise that the challenges we are facing in the North Sea are both real and serious and there is acceptance that change is required and will happen.

These fresh talks will allow all parties to bring ideas to the table and provide opportunities for employees in particular, along with unions and management, to contribute to a mutually successful outcome and demonstrate leadership in shaping the future of the North Sea. We believe that this collaborative approach to addressing the challenging and well-publicised situation in the oil & gas sector is the best way for us to resolve this current dispute and contribute to creating a sustainable model for the North Sea.

For these talks to be successful, it is essential to create a constructive environment in which they can take place.  Wood Group has therefore agreed to stop the implementation of the current proposal for the duration of this fresh engagement and talks, and in response to this RMT and Unite have agreed to suspend any further strike action for the duration of this fresh engagement and talks.

During this period, and to facilitate open and honest discussions, neither Wood Group nor the unions will make any public statements in relation to this matter.

 

 

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Labour shadow Scottish secretary meets offshore shop stewards and OCG officials

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Labour shadow Scottish secretary meets offshore shop stewards and OCG officials

11 August 2016

Labour’s shadow Scottish secretary is to meet with shop stewards from the oil and gas industry, in the middle of the biggest North Sea dispute for a generation.

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson will visit Aberdeen today (Thursday 11 August) as part of the focus on understanding and responding to the challenges facing the North Sea oil and gas industry.

During his visit he will speak with Unite shop stewards who represent members working for offshore contractors, including Wood Group, where workers recently took part in the first North Sea strike action for 28 years in protest at planned cuts of up to 30 per cent in their pay and allowances. Further strikes dates were announced this week.

Dave Anderson will also meet union officials from the Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) and with Labour members of Aberdeen city council who support the OCG’s call for a national UK summit to address the challenges facing the oil and gas industry.

Dave Anderson said: “Labour is focused on working with unions and employers to ensure that we can maximise the economic opportunities from the North Sea. I am coming to Aberdeen to listen and to help.

“However one thing is certain – if the industry is to thrive, we need companies to co-operate with their workers and treat them fairly.  I am very pleased to be able to meet trade unionists standing up for their rights. In the North Sea and right across the country, we need an economy that works for the many and not just the few.”

Unite’s Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “We were very pleased when Dave Anderson accepted the invitation to meet our shop stewards. Taking strike action is always a last resort for trade union members, and the support and solidarity that workers receive from the labour movement is extremely important.

“Last year, Wood Group made a profit of $320 million before tax, and their former chief executive was paid £1.15 million. But the company has been making that money on the backs of their workers – with redundancies, pay cuts, and attacks on working conditions.

“We urge Wood Group to get back around the table with Unite and other trade unions, so that we can come to a fair and sustainable settlement to this dispute.”

As part of the dispute, Unite organised a 24-hour stoppage on Tuesday 26 July, followed by a series of three-hour stoppages, and then a 48-hour stoppage from Thursday 4 August. Further strike action is planned from 15 August, with a series of 24-hour and six-hour stoppages.

The strikes will affect platforms owned by multi-national oil company Shell, including Brent Alpha, Brent Bravo, Brent Charlie, Curlew, Gannet, Nelson and Shearwater.

During the dispute the striking workers have received declarations of support from trade unionists across the globe, including those working in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. There have also been demonstrations at Wood Group’s Aberdeen headquarters.

 

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Dave Anderson will meet Unite offshore representatives at 14.30 on Thursday 11 August, at Unite the union’s offices, 42-44 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5TJ.

For further information, for interview, or to arrange a photo / filming opportunity, contact Unite Scotland media officer David Eyre on 07960 451631.

 

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Notes to editors:

  • The Offshore Coordinating Group of offshore unions (UNITE, RMT, GMB, Nautilus International and BALPA) was launched in February 2016.
  • Details of Wood Group’s profits and remuneration of senior managers are contained in the company’s annual report.
  • Unite and the RMT trade unions have announced that members working for Wood Group on Shell’s Curlew platform will take part in 24-hour stoppages on 15, 22 and 29 August 2016.
  • Members on Brent Alpha and Brent Bravo will take part in 24-hour stoppages 16, 23 and 30 August 2016.
  • Members on the Nelson, Gannet and Shearwater platforms will take part in 24-hour stoppages 17, 24 and 31 August 2016.
  • Members on the Brent Charlie platform will take 6 hour stoppages commencing at 06:30 hours and 18:30 hours on 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 August 2016 and 3 September 2016.

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IndustriALL condemns death threats made to Colombian oil workers union leader

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10.08.2016

IndustriALL Global Union is outraged at the threats received by trade union leader Rodolfo Vecino Acevedo, a member of the national executive committee of the Colombian oil workers’ union, USO, an IndustriALL affiliate.

Rodolfo Vecino Acevedo received a letter that threatens to kill him and all his family if he does not leave the country within one week. The letter was sent by the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a paramilitary group formed in 2008. The letter criticizes his trade union activities and claims that they “obstruct the plans of companies and their economic development”.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time he has received such threats. USO has had to repeatedly denounce such letters to the public prosecutor and the police. However, the union says the authorities have failed to conduct any investigation.

Jyrki Raina, IndustriALL General Secretary, has written to Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, asking him to intervene immediately; take the necessary measures; and ensure that the country’s judiciary takes action in response to the paramilitary group’s death threats.

This incident again illustrates the huge restrictions to freedom of association and expression, as well as the intense level of repression in Colombia, placing the country among the ten worst countries for workers on the 2016 ITUC Global Rights Index.

“It is inconceivable that progress is being made in the peace process in Colombia to build a future without fear, reprisals and insecurity while people are still allowed to issue this kind of threat and insult,” wrote Raina.

“In the name of IndustriALL’s 50 million members from all around the world, we make this special request to you to order the relevant authorities to find the people responsible, guarantee Rodolfo Vecino Acevedo’s right to life and to conduct trade union activities and provide guarantees for the protection of his life and that of his family,” said Raina in the letter to the Colombian President.

Cuts off the table call

More North Sea strike dates announced

David Eyre, Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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Unite has called for urgent talks with energy company Wood Group in order to avert further strike action in the North Sea.Yesterday, (August 8), the union confirmed dates for further strike action by members employed by Wood Group, starting on Monday, August 15. The workers carry out maintenance and repair on platforms owned by Shell. They are facing cuts in pay and allowances of up to 30 per cent.

 

“Last week Wood Group refused to take these proposed cuts off the table in order to allow proper negotiations,” said Unite regional officer John Boland. “Now we have been told that the company is not willing to have talks until next week at the earliest. We find that astonishing.

 

“The company needs to start taking this dispute seriously,” he added. “No-one takes industrial action lightly, but our members are staying united in the face of this unwarranted attack on their pay and conditions. These further strike dates show their determination.

 

“We know the North Sea oil and gas industry is facing challenges, but companies have to realise that they can’t prop up their profits or create a sustainable industry by attacking their workers.”

 

Unite and the RMT trade unions have announced that members working for Wood Group on Shell’s Curlew platform will take part in 24-hour stoppages on August 15, 22 and 29.

 

Members on Brent Alpha and Brent Bravo platforms will take part in 24-hour stoppages on August 16, 23 and 30.

 

Members on the Nelson, Gannet and Shearwater platforms will take part in 24-hour stoppages on August 17, 24 and 31, while members on the Brent Charlie platform will take 6-hour stoppages on August 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 August, as well as on September 3.

 

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What you can do to support the #Northseastrike

  1. You can support the Unite and RMT union members employed by Wood Group on Shell assets UKCS  taking Industrial Action  by contacting your MSP

Has your MSP supported the North Sea Industrial Action  :Motion S5M-00866 ?

If not, what can you do  e- mail /write to them , ask them to support the  Industrial action offshore  click on the link below

2.Send a message  of support to Unite and  RMT  Trade unions  at offshoreunite@gmail.com  and/or  oilc.rmt.secretary@gmail.com.

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Unite calls for talks as further North Sea strike dates announced

 

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09 August 2016

Unite the union has called for urgent talks with energy company Wood Group in order to avert further strike action in the North Sea.

Yesterday (Monday 8 August) the union confirmed dates for further strike action by members employed by Wood Group, starting on Monday 15 August. The workers carry out maintenance and repair on platforms owned by Shell. They are facing cuts in pay and allowances of up to 30 per cent.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Last week Wood Group refused to take these proposed cuts off the table in order to allow proper negotiations. Now we have been told that the company is not willing to have talks until next week at the earliest. We find that astonishing.

“The company needs to start taking this dispute seriously. No-one takes industrial action lightly, but our members are staying united in the face of this unwarranted attack on their pay and conditions. These further strike dates show their determination.

“We know the North Sea oil and gas industry is facing challenges, but companies have to realise that they can’t prop up their profits or create a sustainable industry by attacking their workers.”

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For further information, for interview, or to arrange a photo / filming opportunity, contact John Boland on 07918 630435 or 01224 6455271 or Unite Scotland Media & Communications Officer David Eyre on 07960 451631.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite and the RMT trade unions have announced that members working for Wood Group on Shell’s Curlew platform will take part in 24-hour stoppages on 15, 22 and 29 August 2016.
  • Members on Brent Alpha and Brent Bravo will take part in 24-hour stoppages on 16, 23 and 30 August 2016.
  • Members on the Nelson, Gannet and Shearwater platforms will take part in 24-hour stoppages on 17, 24 and 31 August 2016.
  • Members on the Brent Charlie platform will take 6 hour stoppages commencing at 06:30 hours and 18:30 hours on 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 August 2016 and 3 September 2016.
  • 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.

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What you can do to support the #Northseastrike

  1. You can support the Unite and RMT union members employed by Wood Group on Shell assets UKCS  taking Industrial Action  by contacting your MSP

Has your MSP supported the North Sea Industrial Action  :Motion S5M-00866 ?

If not, what can you do  e- mail /write to them , ask them to support the  Industrial action offshore  click on the link below

 

2.Send a message  of support to Unite and  RMT  Trade unions  at offshoreunite@gmail.com  and/or  oilc.rmt.secretary@gmail.com.

 

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OCG “strongly” backs Wood Group employees 48-hour strike

 

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OCG “strongly” backs Wood Group employees 48-hour strike

The Offshore Coordinating Group said it “strongly” backs the strike action being taken by workers in dispute with Wood Group over changes to pay and conditions.

The group, which was set up across a number of unions in the wake of the oil downturn, said it was “essential” Wood Group returned to negotiations with an “open mind” in order to prevent further strike action going ahead.

North Sea workers voted overwhelmingly last month in favour of industrial action for the first time in more than 28 years.

 

Steve Doran, of the OCG and Nautilus International, said: “The OCG strongly supports this strike action and is hugely disappointed that the Wood Group’s unreasonable and provocative approach to negotiations has rendered it inevitable. The unions asked for management’s current proposals to be removed for a period of time to facilitate meaningful dialogue. The Wood Group dismissed this practical offer out of hand.

“The OCG also notes, once again, that the Wood Group’s hostile approach to its workers stands in stark contrast to the shamelessly generous treatment of its senior executives and shareholders. The oil and gas unions have always understood the pressures on operators and contractors resulting from the low oil price but the Wood Group isn’t even pretending that the pain will be evenly shared.

“It is essential that the Wood Group returns to negotiations with an open mind

Around 400 workers downed tools in the early hours of Thursday morning marking a 48-hour strike period.

Wood Group workers have raised concerns over changes to pay and conditions.

The company, which has made 10,000 redundancies globally since 2014, said the changes are necessary in order to remain competitive.

 

Send messages of support and solidarity  to  Unite the Union and the RMT Union members employed by Wood Group on Shell assets  taking Industrial action in the north sea UKCS
to  offshoreunite@gmail.com and oilc.rmt.secretary@gmail.com

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