Unions representing UK North Sea service workers have announced yet another series of upcoming strike actions to protest pay cuts proposed by Wood Group.

RMT, one of the unions representing the workers, told the BBC that the unions have served notice of a series of upcoming work stoppages.

RMT and Unite the union are planning an industrial action at the Curlew platform on August 15, 22 and 29 starting a 7:00 a.m. local time.

Work stoppages will also hit the Brent Alpha and Brent Bravo platforms on August 16, 23 and 30 beginning at 6:30 a.m. local time.

RMT told the BBC that industrial actions for the Nelson, Gannet and Shearwater platforms will be conducted on August 17, 24 and 31 beginning at 6:30 a.m.

The unions have also planned a series of six-hour work stoppages at the Brent Charlie platform on August 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 as well as September 3.

Wood Group senior executive Dave Stewart told BBC that the company believes the “escalation of industrial action is extremely unhelpful towards reaching a resolution.”

A Shell spokesperson told the BBC that Shell “would encourage Wood Group management and employees to continue with their discussions so that a resolution to this action may be found.”

The announcement comes on the heels of a 48-hour strike last week.

That work stoppage impacted Shell’s Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Nelson, Gannet, Shearwater and Curlew platforms.

Shell told Reuters last week that the Nelson and Shearwater were on outage for planned maintenance not related to the industrial action.

The maintenance work was expected to last about a week.

The work stoppages began on July 26 and marked the first time that UK North Sea service workers have called a strike in 28 years.

Union members are protesting pay cuts proposed by Wood Group that the unions claim will decrease pay by 30 percent once cuts to allowances are included.

Wood Group has denied that it has proposed a 30 percent pay cut.


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