Oil industry workers to be balloted in Wood Group pay dispute

HUNDREDS of North Sea workers are to be balloted next week on strike action in a pay dispute.

Oil workers at Wood Group balloted for strike action. Picture: Supplied

Unite, in conjunction with the GMB and RMT unions, will ballot more than 200 Wood Group workers on eight of Shell’s North Sea oil and gas platforms.

Unite said its members are facing a pay cut of up to 22% from the Wood Group, rising to 30% once allowances are added.

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The ballot, on options including strike action and industrial action short of a strike, will open on Wednesday June 15 and close on Wednesday July 13.

Any industrial action would start on July 20.

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Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Unite members are not immune to the challenges facing the oil and gas industry.

“We, along with other trade unions in the offshore co-ordinating group, have been leading the debate on the need to hold an emergency summit involving the Scottish and UK governments, employers and trade unions to deliver greater support for the sector.

“However, due to the intransigence of the Wood Group, which is seeking to impose pay cuts of up to 30%, our members have been faced with no other option but to consider strike action.

“We remain committed to constructive negotiations with the company and urge them to get back round the table, but they must be prepared to work with us to find an agreed settlement.

“If management does not respond in a positive fashion, then Unite will resolutely act to support and protect our members.”