WORKERS on eight Shell oil and gas platforms will strike next week over a 30 per cent pay cut, their unions announced yesterday.
Members of Unite and RMT will take part in a 24-hour stoppage on July 26, followed later by more strikes.
The announcement follows a massive 99 per cent mandate for strike action.
Unions say the 400-strong walkout will severely disrupt operations on the platforms, which lie in the North Sea’s Brent and Central oil and gas fields and are operated by transnational energy company Wood Group.
Recent changes to terms have also seen workers forced to spend more time offshore for the same salary.
Unite regional officer John Boland said: “This is the third series of redundancies and cuts to our members’ wages and terms and conditions in the last two years.
“Strike action is not a decision they take lightly, but they have been pushed to the limit by an employer unwilling to rethink proposals to slash their pay and allowances.”