Unite members in Wood Group have overwhelmingly backed taking industrial action in a dispute over swingeing 30 per cent pay cuts and changes to allowances, it was announced today (Wednesday 13 July).
99.1 per cent of those voting in an industrial action ballot backed strike action, with 99.5 per cent supporting action short of a strike on a turnout of 86.6 per cent. This is a resounding endorsement.
The result follows a breakdown in talks at Acas last week after Wood Group showed little willingness to resolve the dispute.
Calling on Wood Group to enter into meaningful talks, Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Wood Group could have avoided this escalation through meaningful negotiations, instead it has chosen to continue with this shameful attack on our members pay and working conditions.
“Wood Group needs to drop its refusal to properly negotiate to halt this dispute and take a step back from implementing the crippling cuts to our members pay, terms and conditions.
“Our members have worked with Wood Group to secure its future in what has been extremely challenging times for the sector. The least the company can do is to show a similar commitment to its workforce by dropping these swingeing cuts.”
For further information please contact Unite regional officer John Boland on 01224 645271 or 07918 630435, Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 or Liz Cairns Unite Scotland on 07736 722380