GMB offshore oil workers set to strike in North Sea pay dispute on Equinor’s Mariner platform

The Mariner platform is owned and operated by Equinor
The Mariner platform is owned and operated by Equinor

Equinor’s Mariner oil platform in the North Sea is facing strike action after the GMB trade union announced that its members had voted to stop work in a dispute over pay.

GMB – the union for the offshore industry – said its members are prepared to take industrial action to vent their frustration over the way they feel their employer is treating them on this very lucrative contract

Industrial action is likely to take place in the autumn after 78% of those balloted voted to strike following a final pay, terms and conditions offer made by Aker Solutions management.

Turnout was 79% among GMB members on the oil rig, located off the north east coast of Scotland.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said: “GMB members have now let their feelings be known to Aker Solutions.

“They are prepared to take industrial action to vent their frustration over the way they feel their employer is treating them on this very lucrative contract.

“It is now incumbent on Aker to engage with GMB Union and find a resolution that avoids potentially costly operational disruption and reputational damage on this contract.”

Equinor, the Norway state-owned oil corporation formerly known as Statoil, was not immediately available for comment.

24 Jul 2018

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