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Strike on North Sea oil rigs suspended for more talks

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2517

Wood Group oil workers on strike last month

Wood Group oil workers on strike last month


A series of strikes by outsourced Wood Group workers on Shell North Sea offshore platforms, set to begin on Wednesday, were suspended by the Unite and RMT unions.

A joint statement with offshore contractor Wood Group said the firm “agreed to stop the implementation” of 30 percent cuts to pay and conditions.

This pause will last “for the duration of this fresh engagement and talks”.

The unions have agreed to suspend strikes in return for the same period.

Although the attack is not off the table, it is significant that bosses agreed to more talks.

They would not have done so if workers had not struck three days in the last few weeks.

Offshore bosses have been slashing tens of thousands of jobs since a downturn in oil prices in 2014.

They have imposed deep cuts that are undermining safety and creating a ticking time bomb.

Union activists hope the Wood Group dispute will be a spark for wider resistance.


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