Industrial ballot opens for Petrofac workers on BP platforms

Petrofac operations in the North. Handout pic from the firm. Black Gold
The vote closes on March 20.

An industrial ballot opens today for dozens of Petrofac workers on BP platforms in the North Sea.

Petrofac contractors are seeking a change to their current three weeks on, three weeks off (3:3) working patterns or an addition of paid holidays.

The Unite union, which is holding the vote, said the issue is long-standing for workers, while Petrofac is seeking a resolution “as quickly as possible”.

Last year offshore workers for Total took part in strike action over 3:3 rotas, with several operators deciding to change their working patterns amid concerns around its impact on mental health.

Separately to Petrofac, BP workers operate a 3:4, 3:5 rotation.

The vote will close on Wednesday 20th March.