Strike action goes ahead on North Sea platforms

Strike action goes ahead on North Sea platforms

23 July 2018

Unite the union has today (23 July) confirmed that the strike on the North Sea oil and gas platforms operated by Total E&P has gone ahead as planned starting at 06:00 this morning for 24 hours.This follows an overwhelming mandate for industrial action by Unite members. There will be further action on the three platforms affected (Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin). 

24 Hour Stoppages 

  • Starting at 06:00 hours on 6 August and 20 August.

12 Hour Stoppages 

  • Starting at 12:00 hours on 30 July and 13 August.

There will also be a continuous ban on overtime commencing at 00:01 hours on 23 July. The dispute concerns the company’s wage review and its plans to force workers to increase their offshore working time. 

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “We can confirm that the strike action on Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin platforms has gone ahead as planned. Production has been stopped and the wells have been shut. Although no further talks are planned at present we would urge the company to come back to us with an improved offer to get our members back to work and the wells up and running again.”


For more information contact John Boland on: 07918630435

Notes for editors:

  • A report by Robert Gordon University identified that workers on three-week, equal-time rotas were nearly twice as likely to experience ill health as those on two-on-two-off shifts. The three on/three off rota pattern is now worked by 56 per cent of the workforce offshore, compared with just 17 per cent working the same pattern in 2007.