Strikes averted on Mariner following new pay offer

Workers on the Mariner platform,
Workers on the Mariner platform,

The Unite and GMB unions have called off strike action on Equinor’s Mariner platform after accepting a new pay offer.

Last month workers voted in favour of strike action, which was due to take place in Autumn, in a dispute around pay and conditions with Aker Solutions.

However no industrial action will take place on the oil platform, after a new deal was put forward by Aker Solutions management.

75% of GMB members balloted voted in favour of the offer, while 68% of Unite members accepted it.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said: “GMB is pleased this matter has now been resolved.

“We believe it could have been resolved much earlier without the need for members having to vote for strike and action short of strike action.

“However, once again GMB members are to be commended, as they showed how prepared they were to flex their industrial muscles when required and it is this collective solidarity that brought the employer back to the negotiating table.”

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “This is a major victory and will set the level for future projects in the North Sea, and shows the value of being in a strong union.”

A spokesman for Aker Solutions said: “Aker Solutions was today notified by trade unions Unite and GMB that, following a consultative ballot, its members employed by Aker Solutions on the Mariner project have accepted a restructured offer for enhanced terms and conditions.

“This is an encouraging step and we now look forward to focusing on successfully completing this important project.”

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