INDUSTRIAL action by North Sea workers in a dispute over pay has been suspended to allow fresh talks to go ahead, unions have confirmed.
A joint statement issued yesterday by oil giant Wood Group and the Unite and RMT trade unions said that “all parties recognise that the challenges we are facing in the North Sea are both real and serious and there is acceptance that change is required and will happen.”
Wood Group has committed to “stop the implementation of the current proposals” and RMT and Unite have agreed to suspend further strike action in order that talks can take place in a “constructive environment.”
The unions said that a collaborative approach between unions and management will “contribute to a mutually successful outcome and demonstrate leadership in shaping the future of the North Sea.”
And on Thursday Labour’s new shadow Scottish secretary Dave Anderson urged Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale to back Jeremy Corbyn if he was re-elected.
Mr Anderson travelled to Aberdeen to speak to union representatives in the Offshore Co-ordinating Group to help resolve the North Sea dispute.