Strikes averted for Petrofac staff on BP platforms

Strike action has been averted for dozens of Petrofac staff on BP platforms in the North Sea.

Last month members of the Unite union voted to down tools amid a dispute around three-week offshore working patterns, but that has now been avoided thanks to a new pay deal.

Around 45 Petrofac workers were set to take part in the strikes across the ETAP, Clair and Clair Ridge platforms.

Unite said members were working on three weeks on, three weeks off rotas (3:3) with no holiday entitlement and were seeking either a change to a 3:4 pattern or allocation of extra holidays.

The union said workers have now accepted an offer which includes two weeks of paid holidays and a 4.8% pay increase applied to their salaries.

The deal was accepted on April 9.

A Petrofac spokeswoman said: “We are pleased that employees working on BP assets voted to accept the offer of two, one-week periods of paid leave, which brought this dispute to a close on 9 April.”

Separately to Petrofac, BP staff work a 3:4, 3:5 rotation.

A spokesman for BP said: “We are pleased that Petrofac and the Unite Union have confirmed a positive resolution has been reached and the threat of industrial action has been removed.”

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