More than 300 members of the RMT and Unite trade unions were due to hold a 24-hour strike in the North Sea today (26 Jul) in protest at wage cuts proposed by their employer Wood Group.
The unions had earlier warned that the strike – the first such industrial action in the North Sea for nearly 30 years – was likely to “severely disrupt” operations on seven Shell platforms in the North Sea – Shearwater, Gannet, Nelson, Curlew, Brent Alpha, Brent Bravo and Brent Charlie.
A senior operational source at Shell said that the company did not anticipate any impact on oil production because of the action.
And a Shell spokesman last night said: “This action is highly regrettable. Our priority is to ensure the safety of our workforce and assets and we will not compromise on safety during this period of industrial action.
“While we recognise the right of Wood Group’s employees to strike, it is clear that in order for the North Sea oil and gas industry to remain competitive in the lower oil price environment, structural change is needed.
“We hope that Wood Group’s employees and management will continue working towards reaching a solution which will halt this counter-productive industrial action.”