Strike kicks off on seven Shell platforms in the North Sea

Around 400 North Sea workers kicked off a 24-hour strike this morning, protesting pay cuts by the Wood Group on Shell platforms. The strike is the first of its kind in the offshore industry in nearly three decades.

The seven Shell platforms involved are Shearwater, Gannet, Nelson, Curlew, Brent Alpha, Brent Bravo and Brent Charlie.

In February, Wood Group announced plans to slash pay for around one third of its contractors in the UK. Moreover, two-week working cycles have become three-week ones, something else that has annoyed the workers. An overtime ban has also been instituted as Wood Group fights to remain profitable in the area.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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