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North Sea oil workers on strike

North Sea oil workers on strike

Many workers at the North Sea oil mines went on strike on Wednesday, demanding higher wages, especially as oil and gas companies made huge profits from rising prices.

To help with the fuel inflation and cost of living crisis, workers are seeking to raise base prices by 7 7 an hour ($ 8.68).

Therefore, in an attempt to force a pay rise, workers went on strike at the facilities of some of the sector’s largest operators, with some describing it as a “wage revolution”, the platform said.The voice of energy“.

North Sea workers strike

Maintenance workers’ strikes erupted on Tuesday evening 17 May 2022 at the Elgin platform operated by the ship Total Energy and the Save Caledonia.

According to a video documenting the strikes, Telegram reported that more than 800 people were working at the facility.

Filfinger workers in the UK are also planning to strike on several platforms as they seek to raise wages.

A company spokesman said: “We understand that Belfinger UK is part of a team of contractors with staff on strike in the North Sea. We are working closely with our customers and staff to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”

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Low pay

“The cost of living has risen significantly, while wages have dropped or dropped significantly,” one person said, representing a wider group.

He noted that the oil and gas company’s profits were “at an all-time high” as part of the justification for the strike.

The North Sea companies – in recent weeks – have recorded exceptional revenues as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed up commodity prices to a level not seen in years.

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A spokesman for the British Trade Union Unit said the union had recently been informed of workers’ complaints, but it was unclear how many were involved and what facilities were available.

“However, with 11.1% rising inflation, United has made it clear that employers who repeatedly deny wages that reflect the cost of living can only provoke resentment among workers.”

Parliamentary support

For his part, the Scottish MP, Maggie Chapman, supported the workers’ actions and raised the issue of unexpected taxation of oil and gas companies.

The Green Party MP for Northeast Scotland said: “Oil and gas companies have made record profits during the cost of living crisis. These profitable workers deserve wages that reflect the hard and important work they do. I stand by them in their actions.”

“It’s time to tax these companies and their CEOs. This can be done with short – term windfall taxes and long – term property taxes,” he added.

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