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Total's Workers on Strike

Total's Workers on StrikeTotal's Workers on Strike

Workers at three of Total’s North Sea oil platforms started a 12-hour strike on August 13 as planned after talks with the company failed last week, regional officer for the Unite union, Wullie Wallace, told Reuters. The affected platforms are Alwyn, Elgin and Dunbar. Wallace said there could be more discussions this week though nothing had been fixed. The workers are striking over proposed changes to their working rotas and pay. Total did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The next and last planned strike will be on Aug. 20 and last 24 hours. The strike means production at the fields will be shut down for that period. The three fields’ oil production contributes about 45,000 to 50,000 barrels per day to the Forties and Brent Blend crude streams. Forties and Brent Blend are key oil grades used to set the dated Brent benchmark that prices more than half of the world’s oil trades. The fields also contribute about 10% of Britain’s total natural gas output.

 

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