International messages of support for Unite and RMT Union members employed by Wood Group on Shell assets taking strike action North sea UKCS
As a follow up to the USW support letters for your actions – Just want you to know that your oil comrades in the US fully support your engagements and are here to encourage you.
We are in the process of negotiating with Shell on a future retiree benefit elimination. If we give something back now the concessions will never stop. Stand strong.
Chair, National Oil Bargaining Program
60 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Please find attached a letter of solidarity from the Utility Workers Union of America for UNITE and RMT members in dispute with Wood Group on oil platforms on the North Sea.
Please also let us know if we can support your members at Wood Group in any other way.
Special Counsel to the President
Utility Workers Union of America
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Oil strike rages on
Further action after crunch talks break down
A 48-hour strike by North Sea offshore oil and gas workers started today (August 4), after company managers rejected an offer from trade unions.
Workers in the trade unions Unite and RMT will go ahead with the planned stoppage as part of an ongoing dispute with employers Wood Group. The workers are facing a massive cut in pay and allowances of up to 30 per cent.
In last-minute meetings this week, unions had offered to suspend the strike if the company agreed to remove their current proposal in full to allow for further consultation and negotiation. The company refused.
“We are extremely disappointed that Wood Group has decided to continue its attack on the pay and allowances of offshore workers,” Unite regional officer John Boland said. “We repeat our call for proper consultation and negotiation.
“Industrial action is always a last resort and throughout this dispute we have constructively sought to find a resolution,” he added. “We need to look forward and work towards a sustainable solution.
“Offshore workers do a difficult, dangerous job and we all rely on the energy they produce,” Boland explained.
“We need Wood Group and other energy companies to stop constantly attacking these workers, and move on to a more positive agenda, working with the unions to address the challenges facing the industry.”
As part of the dispute, Unite organised a 24-hour stoppage on last Tuesday (July 26), followed by a series of three-hour stoppages on platforms owned by multi-national oil company Shell. The Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Nelson, Gannet, Shearwater and Curlew platforms were all affected.
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.