United Kingdom - Union action in oil and gas - August 31, 2016

Wood Group workers on Shell’s North Sea oil and gas platforms are challenging their employer in a dispute over 30% pay cuts. Trade unions RMT and Unite said that the strikers are determined to kick off the action in response to an attack on pay and working conditions. The strike follows a massive 99.1% vote in favour of strike action by Unite and 98.5% by RMT members. Recent changes have seen workers move from a two-week working cycle to a three-week working cycle, which means working extra weeks offshore for the same salary. Wood Group employees used to enjoy the same conditions as Shell employees, but they have seen these undermined.

English: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland …  

http://www.itfglobal.org/en/news-events/news/2016/july/north-sea-oil-strikers …  

http://www.industriall-union.org/uk-oil-and-gas-workers-to-embark …  

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