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Saturday 30th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

NORTH Sea workers are to stage a new 48-hour strike next week in a dispute over pay and allowances, it was confirmed yesterday.

The action will affect seven Shell platforms from 6.30am on Thursday.

Members of the Unite and RMT unions are in dispute with the Wood Group and began industrial action this week, including a 24-hour stoppage on Tuesday.

Next week’s strike affects the Shearwater, Gannet, Nelson, Curlew, Brent Alpha, Brent Bravo and Brent Charlie platforms.

Union officials say workers’ pay and allowances could be cut by as much as 30 per cent following a downturn in the industry.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The threat of pay cuts of up to 30 per cent while the company bosses are raking it in has triggered this dispute, which is yet another indictment of the state of corporate Britain today.

“The company need to recognise the anger, respect their workforce and withdraw this vicious assault on our members’ standards of living.”

The union also welcomed support for their dispute in the Scottish Parliament.

A motion tabled by Labour’s Elaine Smith said MSPs were “deeply concerned” about contractual cuts, shift increases and bigger workloads faced by staff.

Wood Group’s Dave Stewart said: “We are hugely disappointed that the significant movements we have made to reach a resolution have clearly not been acknowledged by the unions.

“I must stress none of our employees are being offered terms and conditions below the Offshore Partnership Agreement, agreed by the unions only this year, nor will they be.”