Please Support Unite & RMT Members Taking Action On The North Sea

oilplatformUnite and RMT members employed by Woodgroup on Shell oil platforms in the Brent Field on the North Sea are to take strike action on July 26th – the first strike in a generation on the North Sea.

They will also be taking action short of strike action in response to attempts by Woodgroup to cut pay and allowances by 30%.

99.1% of those members voting in the ballot backed strike action, with 99.5% supporting action short of a strike. The turnout was 86.6%. This is a resounding endorsement and support of the action.

The result follows a breakdown in talks at ACAS after Woodgroup showed little willingness to resolve the dispute.

This is the third time that Woodgroup have brought forward proposals on cuts. The ballot result shows quite clearly that Unite members are no longer willing to accept such attacks.

The strike action will be taken across the Shell assets in the Brent Field at the following platforms: Shearwater, Gannet, Nelson, Curlew, Brent Alpha, Brent Bravo and Brent Charlie.

Unite remains committed to achieving a negotiated settlement in this dispute and will leave the door open for Woodgroup to enter into meaningful negotiations.

Please send messages of support to our members who will be off-shore and on-shore during the strike.

You can do this by emailing a message of support to

Messages will be posted on the Unite Offshore Facebook site

– and on Twitter @offshoreunite and you will be able to keep up with developments through social media.

All messages of support are welcome by our members.

Could you also put the information here on your own Facebook pages.

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