120 workers gain 10 per cent increase worth up to £9,000

Unite the union announced today (15 September) that around 120 workers employed by the Wood Group have secured a substantial wage increase bringing the long-running dispute to an end.

The offshore workers on a number of Shell installations overwhelmingly accepted an improved wage offer of six per cent, which is in addition to the four per cent awarded through the Energy Services Agreement. The deal brings the cumulative increase for the workers to 10 per cent which is worth a pay rise for the workers of between £8,000 - £9,000.

Sharon Graham Unite general secretary said: “Unite’s members working on Shell’s assets for the Wood Group have secured an increase which takes their pay award to 10 per cent for the year. This equates in hard cash to a rise worth up to £9,000 for some workers. It’s another significant win for Unite in the offshore sector. Unite does what it says on the tin: we deliver better jobs, pay and conditions for our members.” 

Unite can further confirm that the deal has delivered a number of improvements to sick pay and Shell’s clawback policy on the Gannet, Nelson, Shearwater and Brent Charlie installations. The workers includes electrical, production and mechanical technicians along with pipefitters, platers, riggers and deck crew.

John Boland, Unite industrial officer, added: “Unite’s members on the Gannet, Nelson, Shearwater and Brent Charlie installations have secured a strong deal on pay and conditions. This includes an extra six per cent on top of the ESA four per cent for 2023 along with improvements to sick pay and the clawback policy which operates on the installations. Unite is pleased our members have overwhelmingly backed this deal and it’s another great win for us in the offshore sector.”