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Business / Unite ‘delighted’ as Sullom Voe workers accept improved wage offer

Sullom Voe Terminal. Photo: BP

THE UNION Unite has announced that its Equans FM members working at Sullom Voe Terminal have accepted an improved wage offer.

Around 30 key workers overwhelmingly voted to accept a wage offer negotiated by Unite over three years, the union said.

The terminal workers are now set to receive a nine per cent wage uplift backdated to April 2023.

The union has further secured an inflation plus deal for 2024. This consists of the RPI rate plus an additional 2.5 per cent, and for 2025 a similar deal will ensure the Equans FM workers receive an additional two per cent on top of the inflation rate at the pay anniversary date in April.

The terminal workers covered by the pay deal includes control room, electrical, mechanical and field operators.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite has successfully negotiated another good pay deal over three years for our members working for Equans FM at Sullom Voe oil terminal. Unite is once again winning the fight for better jobs, pay and conditions in the oil and gas industry.”

The union is currently involved in a separate dispute on pay at the oil terminal involving its members working for Worley Services.

It is understood around 70 workers are involved in total, including members of the union GMB.

‘Furious’ Worley workers at Sullom Voe vote for strike action

Unite said the matter includes the establishment of a trade union recognition agreement with Worley Services at the oil terminal in order to formally bargain on jobs, pay and conditions.

Members have backed strike action, but dates of any forthcoming industrial action have yet to be announced.

Unite regional industrial officer John Clark said: “Unite is delighted to have secured a really good deal for our Equans FM membership.

“The workers will receive a nine per cent increase backdated to last April plus another two years of inflation proof wage increases. This sends a strong signal to other companies based at Sullom Voe to work constructively with Unite to resolve pay disputes.”

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