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‘Major victory’ for workers at Shell’s St Fergus plant

Union says new proposal ensures health and safety will not be compromised

Unite the union has secured a “major victory” for construction workers at the Shell owned St Fergus Gas plant near Peterhead, in the UK.

The union had been concerned over health and safety, as well as over pay.

Unite threatened to hold an industrial action ballot in response to the Wood Group withdrawing a long standing payment for permit holder workers who receive a daily payment to carry out safety duties at the site.

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“The planned cancellation of the permit holder payment could have led to wages being cut by up to £103 per week for some workers, in addition to every worker potentially being forced to carry a permit whether they wished to or not,” Unite said in a statement.

However, following constructive meetings, a proposal was put to the workforce, which has now ended the dispute. The new proposal will ensure that wages will not be cut, according to the union.

Unite regional industrial officer, Vic Fraser, said “Unite members have achieved a major victory at the St Fergus gas plant, and also for the local community.

“We have ensured that health and safety will not be compromised in any way and achieved a number of commitments to guarantee this outcome from the Wood Group.”

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