More than 1,300 oil and gas workers across the UK’s energy companies have begun a major two-day strike demanding better deals on jobs, pay and conditions.
Unite, a worker’s union in the UK, first announced the strike on 21 April 2023.
Bilfinger UK, Petrofac Facilities Management, Stork Technical Services and Sparrows Offshore Services are among the companies to have been directly impacted by the 48-hour strike.
The walkout is also impacting multibillion-dollar oil and gas companies such as bp, CNRI, EnQuest, Harbour, Ithaca, Shell, TAQA, and Total.
The union anticipates that the strike will result in ‘severe’ issues for major oil and gas operators by bringing the platforms and offshore installations to a standstill.
Along with the other personnel such as the deck crew, scaffolders, crane operators, pipefitters, platers, and riggers, the staff involved in the action also consists of mechanical, production, and electrical technicians.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Oil and gas companies are enjoying record windfall profits, and they can easily afford to give our members a decent pay rise.
“The 48-hour strike action will only be the start of the tsunami of industrial unrest if contractors and operators refuse to give our offshore members the better jobs, pay and conditions they deserve.”
Shell, according to BBC, said: “We support constructive dialogue between the unions and contracting companies to reach a mutually agreed resolution.”
Stork added: “As an employer and a signatory of the Energy Services Agreement, we remain focused on engaging with all stakeholders to reach a resolution that protects and sustains employment opportunities, supports safety and operational continuity.”