Total Workers' Strikes to Continue

Total Workers' Strikes to ContinueTotal Workers' Strikes to Continue

Talks between Total and the Unite union in a dispute over pay and shifts that has already seen five strikes over the past month, broke down on Thursday night, the workers’ union said on Friday, noting that strikes scheduled for September and October would go ahead. Since July, workers at three oil and gas platforms operated by Total in the North Sea—Alwyn, Elgin and Dunbar—have held five strikes in a dispute that arose after Total wanted to place workers at the platforms on a three-week rotation system instead of a two-week one, Oil Price reported. The fields hit by the strikes account for some 10% of the UK’s gas production. The strikes have not yet seriously disrupted Forties loadings, although some loadings delays have been seen. At a meeting last week, Unite representatives “made a series of counter proposals to Total for consideration. The company will now consider these proposals and both parties will reconvene next Thursday (23 August) for further discussions,” the union said.


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