Workers at three oil and gas platforms in the North Sea operated by Total have planned for a fifth set of a 24-hour on August 20,after failure to reach an agreement in the meeting with the French major on Thursday.
Unite, UK’s biggest trade union today posted on twitter;
“Unite met Total today where the union made a series of counter proposals to Total for consideration. The company will now consider these proposals and both parties will re-convene next Thursday for further discussions. The scheduled 24 hour stoppage on Monday goes ahead.”
The series of strikes were a result of Total’s decision to place workers at the platforms on a three-week rotation system instead of two.
“The dispute concerns the company’s wage review and its plans to force workers to increase their offshore working time,” Unite had said at the start of the strike.
The fields hit by the strikes account for some 10 percent of the UK’s gas production. Crude oil production at Alwyn, Elgin, and Dunbar pumps up to 50,000 bpd to the Forties and Brent Blend crude streams—the key components of the Dated Brent benchmark.