About 1,200 oil and gas workers in the UK have commenced a two-day strike over the ongoing disputes regarding pay, jobs, and working conditions in the offshore sector.

Unite, a worker’s union in the UK, said the strike will last for two days until Friday, 12 May 2023.

It will impact leading energy operations such as Apache, bp, Harbour Energy, Enquest, Ithaca, Repsol, Shell and TAQA, the union added.

Deck crew, scaffolders, crane operators, pipefitters, platers, and riggers are among the people involved in the action, along with electrical, production, and mechanical professionals.

These workers represent Bilfinger UK, Petrofac Facilities Management, Stork Technical Services, Sparrows Offshore Services and Wood Group.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Oil and gas corporations continue to enjoy a profiteering bonanza. Unite’s members are utterly determined that they should get a much better share of the profits these oil giants are making. And they deserve it.

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“The latest round of 48-hour strike action is only the next step in our fight to deliver better jobs, pay and conditions in the offshore sector.”

The most recent strike action comes after a previous 48-hour stoppage in April, which caused “severe” issues at major oil and gas companies, said the union.

Stork, according to BBC, stated that it was encouraging all parties to the conflict to find a resolution that safeguarded both employment opportunities and operational continuity.

“We respect the right for peaceful and planned strike action,” it added.