Further strike talks today

Workers on the Alwyn (pictured), Elgin and Dunbar platforms are balloting on industrial action.
A series of planned strikes on the Elgin, Alwyn (pictured) and Dunbar platforms and the Shetland gas plant have been cancelled.

Further talks will be held today which will determine whether a programme of strike action will go ahead in the North Sea.

Unite and Total will be in negotiations held by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

It comes after workers on Total’s Elgin, Alwyn and Dunbar platforms “emphatically rejected” a pay deal earlier this week.

Strikes have been suspended on the rigs amid the ACAS talks, however Unite said more 12-hour stoppages will take place on September 17 and October  1, 15 and 29 if today’s negotiations are not successful.

95% of members rejected the pay deal.

The dispute centres on Total’s plans to implement three weeks on, three weeks off (3/3) working patterns on the platforms.

Announcing the ballot result earlier this week, Unite regional officer Wullie Wallace said Total management needs to “seriously revise their strategy”.

Total did not comment.