North Sea offshore workers in strike threat

Offshore workers for the Wood Group are threatening industrial action. Picture: Stock/AFP/Getty

Offshore workers for the Wood Group are threatening industrial action. Picture: Stock/AFP/Getty

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Offshore workers employed by Wood Group on Shell’s North Sea platforms could take industrial action if there are further pay cuts, the Unite union has warned.

Unite has demanded that planned changes to terms and conditions be withdrawn.

Union officials said they would voice their opposition to cuts. The company said it was “working closely” with employees who were “impacted by these proposed measures”.

In February Aberdeen-based Wood Group PSN announced it was cutting rates paid to about a third of its UK contractor workforce. It blamed the move on the “continuing cost and efficiency challenges affecting the UK North Sea oil and gas sector”.

Unite said: “The offshore workers say that the major oil companies are dictating that further cuts to their employers be passed onto the workforce.

“This is now giving rise to serious consideration by offshore workers that they will revert to industrial action.”

A Wood Group spokeswoman said: “We continuously review our resource requirements to meet our customer needs and drive efficiency and effectiveness in our service provision.”

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