Workers shut down North Sea platforms in dramatic strike

Unite members in the North Sea have taken strike action after proposed changes to offshore time and wages.

Members voted overwhelmingly in favour, with over 96 per cent given the strike the go ahead on a 97 per cent turnout. The strike centres around opposition to changes in wages and an increase in offshore time.

The increase in offshore time has been slammed by medical experts at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Academics there found that the proposed three-week equal time rotas were twice as likely to result in ill health as those on the current set up of two-on-two-off shifts.

Three more stoppages are planned after today’s 12 hour shut down - including two complete days without work in August. Unite have demanded that Total return to the table and negotiate with its workers, after talks collapsed.

Unite regional officer John Boland said:

“We can confirm that the strike action on Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin platforms has gone ahead as planned. Production has been stopped and the wells have been shut.

“Although no further talks are planned at present we would urge the company to come back to us with an improved offer to get our members back to work and the wells up and running again.”

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