British North Sea contractors launch ‘tsunami’ of strike action Ship’s crew

Around 150 contractors employed by Sparrows Offshore Services are due to begin strikes on Wednesday, April 5, with work stoppages expected to last until June 9, the Unite union announced on Monday.

The industrial action, centered on a wage dispute, affects more than 20 oil and gas platforms, including those operated by major companies such as Apache, Shell and Harbor Energy.

The workers involved include crane operators, maintenance personnel, lifting crew and deck crew and are part of Sparrows’ ‘Flying Squad’ which provides maintenance support for all installations.

UK offshore platforms face ‘stalemate’ as workers plan strike

Unite has supported the action and is also threatening a ‘tsunami’ of strikes by electricians, production and mechanics, deck crews, scaffolders, crane operators, pipe fitters, coaters and riggers.

The dispute underscores workers’ anger at the highly profitable nature of oil and gas exploration in the North Sea and follows reports of record profits at companies like BP and Shell.

“Oil and gas companies in the North Sea have reaped massive windfall profits so they can undoubtedly afford to give Unite members a decent raise,” said Sharon Graham, Unite General Secretary. “Some 150 offshore Sparrows workers will lead the fight for a decent deal in a tsunami of industrial action to challenge the greed of North Sea operators and contractors.”

Oil and gas platforms affected by industrial action include: Ap1, Auk Brae, Alpha, Brent Charlie, Bruce, Cleeton, Claymore, Clyde, Cpc1, Eider Alpha, Flying Squad, Gannet Harding, Heather, Ineos Unity, Jade, Judy, Lomond , Magnus, North Cormorant, North Everest, Ravenspurn North, Tern Alpha, Thistle Alpha & Seton House, Denmore Road, Murcar Industrial Estate, Bridge of Don Aberdeen, AB23 8JW.

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