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Sullom Voe Terminal. Shetland News

THE UNITE union says its members working at Sullom Voe oil terminal who previously supported strike action have accepted an improved wage offer.

Around 30 key workers employed by Equans FM overwhelmingly voted to accept the offer by 80 per cent.

The terminal workers are now set to receive an 8.1 per cent wage uplift covering the April 2022 to end of March 2023 period.

Negotiations for this year’s pay award will also start immediately.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite’s members at Sullom Voe oil terminal have secured a good pay deal because they were prepared to fight for it.

“Our members at Equans FM perform roles that are essential to the operations of the terminal, so it is only right that they are rewarded fairly for this work. Unite will always stand up for our members fighting for better jobs, pay and conditions.”

The terminal workers which include control room, electrical and field operators previously supported taking strike action by 100 per cent on an 85 per cent turnout.

Unite said Equans FM, made a profit after tax of £2.3 million in latest accounts posted at Companies House accounts in the year up to December 2021.

Equans holds the contact for operating the Sullom Voe Terminal power station.

John Clark, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “We are pleased to get this deal over the line, and for it to have the overwhelming support of our members.

“It was the best deal which could have been achieved. Equans FM quickly realised the determination of our members by improving upon their previous offer. It’s yet another win for Unite in the oil and gas industry.”

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