Offshore and Shetland Gas Plant members to receive 15.5% rise

Unite the union has confirmed that its members employed by TotalEnergies have today (27 June) overwhelmingly voted to accept an improved pay offer over two years.

Around 70 Unite members based on the Elgin Franklin and North Alwyn platforms along with the Shetland Gas Plant accepted pay deal which is equivalent to a 15.5 per cent pay increase. Unite members include control room operators, mechanical, operations and production technicians along with skilled engineers. 

 Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: Unite’s members working on TotalEnergies assets have secured a great new pay deal. This is yet another win for workers in the oil and gas sector secured by Unite. It demonstrates that in this cost of living crisis, Unite continues to deliver better jobs, pay and conditions for our members.” 

The two-year deal consists of a 5.5 per cent salary increase this year and 3 per cent next year, along with a change to three weeks on and four weeks off working rotation. This is a reduction of 12 days worked offshore for no loss of salary, which is worth 7 per cent.

Unite succeeded in getting TotalEnergies to change from the controversial three weeks on and three weeks off working rotation. TotalEnergies workers have been working different shift rotations either three weeks on, and three or four weeks off since 2018.

John Boland Unite Regional Officer, said: “Unite welcomes the improved pay offer by TotalEnergies which has now been overwhelmingly accepted by our members. The pay deal worth 15.5 per cent over two years offers much needed security for our members. It also delivers an important change to the working lives of our members as we have succeeded in getting a better shift rotation. Getting rid of the hated three weeks on and three weeks off rotation has been a goal for Unite for years, and we are delighted to have achieved this result for our members.”

In 2022, the French corporation posted a record net full year profit of $20.5 billion (£16.4 billion). The company recorded an adjusted net income of $36.2 billion (£28.9 billion) but paid around $15 billion (£12 billion) in charges linked to leaving the Russian market.



Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.