North Sea Platforms to be hit by more industrial action over shift patterns

All BP Platforms in the North Sea owned by Petrofac will be hit with industrial action by members of the Unite trade union.

An overwhelming 100% of Unite’s members voted to take “imminent action”. The turnout of the vote was 75%.

The dispute centres on Unite members working 3:3 shift rotas with no holiday entitlement and who want a change in rota to 3:4 or 3 weeks paid holidays to ensure they have more time off.

The Petrofac dispute is separate from the ongoing industrial action involving Unite’s membership at the Shetland Gas Plant, and the Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin platforms

John Boland, Unite regional industrial officer, said:

 “We call on BP and Petrofac to listen to our members’ reasonable request, and to put the welfare of their workforce first.”

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