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UNION members at Shetland Gas Plant employed by its operator TotalEnergies have voted to accept an improved pay offer over two years.

Around 70 Unite members working for TotalEnergies based on the Elgin Franklin and North Alwyn platforms along with the gas plant have accepted a pay deal which is equivalent to a 15.5 per cent pay increase.

Unite members include control room operators, mechanical, operations and production technicians along with skilled engineers.

It comes after Unite recently said some workers at Sullom Voe Terminal had accepted a new pay offer.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite’s members working on TotalEnergies assets have secured a great new pay deal.

“This is yet another win for workers in the oil and gas sector secured by Unite. It demonstrates that in this cost of living crisis, Unite continues to deliver better jobs, pay and conditions for our members.”

The two-year deal consists of a 5.5 per cent salary increase this year and three per cent next year, along with a change to three weeks on and four weeks off working rotation.

This is a reduction of 12 days worked offshore for no loss of salary, which is worth seven per cent.

Unite also succeeded in getting TotalEnergies to change from a controversial three weeks on and three weeks off working rotation.

Unite said TotalEnergies workers have been working different shift rotations either three weeks on, and three or four weeks off since 2018.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Unite welcomes the improved pay offer by TotalEnergies which has now been overwhelmingly accepted by our members.

“The pay deal worth 15.5 per cent over two years offers much needed security for our members. It also delivers an important change to the working lives of our members as we have succeeded in getting a better shift rotation.

“Getting rid of the hated three weeks on and three weeks off rotation has been a goal for Unite for years, and we are delighted to have achieved this result for our members.”

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