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Tug workers pull together

Issue No. 2270

Tug workers in the Shetland Islands have voted by 98 percent for industrial action over job cuts and attacks on conditions.

Bosses want to axe a third of the 48 Unite union members’ jobs.

They are also imposing new contracts with longer working hours and a new “on-call” system. The workers have all refused to sign.

If the Shetland tug workers strike, they have the power to shut down the Sullom Voe oil port.

The workers are employed by the local council—but the port is operated by oil multinational BP.

BP has refused to be involved in any talks with the workers.

The workers are seen as the bosses’ last remaining obstacle in a cost-cutting project called “Ports for the Future”.

The tug workers were set to meet this week.

They will decide whether to strike or take action short of a strike.

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Tue 20 Sep 2011, 18:04 BST
Issue No. 2270
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