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UK North Sea services workers voted in favor of a strike action on Wednesday, a week after talks with Wood Group fell apart over pay cuts.

Unite the union said its members “overwhelmingly” supported an industrial action as part of the dispute between the workers and Wood Group.

The union said that 99.1 percent of those who voted supported the strike action with 99.5 per cent supporting action short of a strike on a turnout of 86.6 per cent.

The voting union members provide maintenance work for Wood Group in the UK North Sea.

RMT, another union representing services workers, confirmed that its members also voted in favor of the strike action.

The union members work across several Shell operated assets in the North Sea.

Shell told the Herald Scotland that the vote could potentially impact its Brent Alpha, Brent Bravo Brent Charlie, Gannet, Nelson, Curlew and Shearwater platforms.

Unite and RMT said on Wednesday that they will consult with Wood Group members across the Shell assets “to discuss the timing and the nature of the action.”

Shell told the Financial Times that it does expect any immediate disruptions to its production and it is putting contingency plans in place to ensure maintenance work will continue if a strike is called.

The vote follows a breakdown in talks between unions and Wood Group last week over a proposed 22 percent pay cut.

Union officials oppose the pay cuts and claim that the cuts will climb to 30 percent after changes to allowances are factored in.

Wood Group told the Evening Express last week that the company has not proposed a 30 percent pay cut.

“As part of our commitment to following a fair and transparent consultation we have addressed every significant concern that our employees and the unions have expressed. At no point did this include a 30% pay cut,” Wood Group told the paper.


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