Strike action by Ponticelli/Semco workers in North Sea now inevitable
- Friday 3 December 2021
Unite the union today (3 December) confirmed that around 300 members working for Ponticelli UK Ltd and Semco Maritime Ltd will take industrial action following a dispute over cuts to terms & conditions.
Unite’s Ponticelli UK Ltd members voted overwhelmingly to take strike action by 93.6% on a return of 64.8%, and Semco Maritime Ltd members voted to take strike action by 90.3% on a 61.4% return.
An improved offer was put to Unite members last week, but was rejected by 85% on a 80% return.
Unite members are now set to take strike action from the 6 December until late February 2022, including a permanent overtime ban, combined with a series of strike days. (Full details below.)
The members involved work on the Total Energies contract on the following assets; Alisa FSO, Culzean, Dunbar, Elgin Franklin, Gryphon FPSO, North Alwyn & Shetland Gas Plant.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite members at Ponticelli/Semco have given a resounding message to their employers following an overwhelming vote in favour of strike action. These workers do not deserve the treatment being meted out by these employers and refuse to allow this attack on their jobs, pay and conditions. This vote shows that they are prepared to fight back."
Unite regional officer, John Boland said: “Unite members are rightly extremely angry and frustrated that the Ponticelli/Semco management didn’t listen. Concerns were raised by Unite about the inexperience of these two companies months ago and that that inexperience has resulted in the position we are at today.
“Ponticelli/Semco management urgently need to rethink their proposals and come back with an improved offer otherwise they will have a strike on their hands which will be supported all the way by their union.
“Our members have made it clear that they are willing to take strike action to stop these cuts on their terms and conditions, and Unite will support them 100% in their fight.”