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Shetland Gas Construction Strike Suspended

Friday, January 24, 2014

Strike Action At Shetland Gas Construction Site Suspended Pending Outcome Of A New Ballot In Long Running Accommodation Dispute.

GMB members overwhelming majority for strike action at Shetland gas construction site in dispute over accommodation and travelling time.

The 24 hour strike at Total gas terminal in Shetland construction site has been suspended pending the outcome of a new ballot.

The dispute concerns a claim for an additional £50 per day to compensate for the failure to provide suitable accommodation for members and an additional claim for payment for lengthy traveling time undertaken each day. Some other workers employed by other contractors on site are also involved in the same dispute and they will also be balloted for strike action. These members are employed constructing a new facility to process the gas and liquid hydrocarbon reserves on a site located to the east of the established Sullom Voe oil terminal on Shetland. Work started in early 2010.The plant will be connected to the Laggan-Tormore offshore subsea production system. The gas plant is planned to be on stream by mid 2014 and will be operated by Total.

The engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning contract for the plant itself was awarded to Petrofac Offshore Engineering & Operations unit in October 2010. Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Limited (BBESL) are one the engineering construction subcontractors.

GMB members employed on a new gas plant project in Shetland voted overwhelmingly in the original ballot favour of industrial action in a long running dispute over accommodation and travel time. Unite members have also returned an overwhelming majority for action. The original official ballot covered GMB members employed by Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Limited (BBESL), Petrofac, and BIS.

Brian Negus, GMB Organiser said “The strike has been suspended pending the outcome of a new ballot."

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Contact: Brian Negus, GMB Organiser on 07921 8857 86 or  Phil Whitehurst GMB National Officer on 07968 338810 or Harry Donaldson GMB Scotland Secretary on 07885 456726 or GMB Press Office 07974 251 823.

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