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Chopper close shave shows why offshore workers' fight for safety is needed

Chopper close shave shows why offshore workers fight for safety is needed A helicopter shuttling workers between the Elgin and West Franklin platforms ran into difficulties resulting in the chopper coming inches away from falling into the sea, an offshore worker writes

Ballot on rigs as oil barons on attack again

Ballot on rigs as oil barons on attack again Oil and gas industry workers covered by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement are holding a consultative ballot on the latest insulting deal from employers.

Strike on North Sea oil rigs suspended for more talks

Strike on North Sea oil rigs suspended for more talks 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.

Wood Group oil workers escalate action over pay on Shell North Sea platforms

Wood Group oil workers escalate action over pay on Shell North Sea platforms An oil workers’ strike in the North Sea shows how to beat the energy bosses, reports?Raymie Kiernan

Surface tension—the battle against the North Sea oil bosses

Surface tension—the battle against the North Sea oil bosses Offshore oil workers have a tough life—and to keep up profits bosses are out to make it even tougher. But a new wave of strikes could put a stop to that. Raymie Kiernan spoke to trade unionists organising on the North Sea rigs

‘Our North Sea oil strike is for safety and is solid'

‘Our North Sea oil strike is for safety and is solid Money-grabbing bosses claim they must make cuts—but workers aren’t buying it

Oil rig action can beat bosses

19 July 2016
Hundreds of North Sea oil rig workers are set to strike on 26 July over pay cuts.

Workers on Shell North Sea rigs are 'sick fed up'—now they want to strike

14 June 2016
North Sea oil workers on Shell platforms are balloting for strikes. They are employed by oil services giant Wood Group, which is slashing jobs and conditions.

Court ruling could derail Southern train strike

07 June 2016
A judge banned the Aslef train drivers’ union from going on strike last week.

Floods can't wash away the strikes in France

07 June 2016
Workers bring France to a standstill days before the Euro 2016 football tournament, reports Dave Sewell

Unofficial strike on the North Sea rigs: send solidarity

23 April 2016
Offshore workers downed tools yesterday on energy giant Shell’s North Sea Shearwater platform in fury at the announcement of another round of job losses in Shell’s Brent oil field.

Masked workers protest in oil city Aberdeen for safety offshore

09 February 2016
Rank and file offshore workers staged a day of protest in Aberdeen today, Tuesday, over job losses and bosses’ attacks on workers’ terms and conditions

Are we heading for another world economic slump?

15 January 2016
Across the world stock markets and commodity prices are tumbling. Those in the ruling class who gloated about “recovery” last year now warn that the global economy could crash again. Some blame it on oil prices, others on China’s slump – Socialist Worker sorts the fact from the fantasy

British economy on the slide: “Sell everything” says bank

13 January 2016
British manufacturing is in recession, undermining chancellor George Osborne’s forecasts of steady economic growth.

Offshore workers prepare to challenge ballot result over bosses' deal

12 January 2016
Unite union members working under the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement voted to accept bosses’ latest offer in a consultative ballot last week.

Coordinated action can beat oil bosses’ attacks

03 November 2015
Industrial action on oil rigs came a step closer last week after Caterers Offshore Trade Association (Cota) bosses reneged on a pay deal.

Anger could explode on North Sea oil rigs after workers vote for strikes

27 October 2015
The North Sea oil offshore industry could soon be hit by its first strike since the 1990s. 

In the danger zone - the oil rig workers fighting to defend safety at sea

06 October 2015
North Sea oil bosses are driving through cuts that will put the lives of those on oil rigs at risk. Workers preparing to resist spoke to Raymie Kiernan about what is at stake

Offshore oil workers vote to ballot for action over job losses

31 March 2015
Unite union members covered by the Offshore Contractors Agreement have voted by 93.5 percent to hold a ballot for industrial action.

Nationwide refinery strike hits big US oil companies

10 February 2015
Oil refinery workers in the United States have walked out in their first national strike in 35 years.

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