From the Field
North Sea rig strike announced
LONDON, July 19, 2016 – Close to 400 union members employed by Wood Group will go on strike July 26, they announced on Tuesday. Working across eight Shell-operated North Sea rigs, the union members will go on strike over a proposed cut in salary and allowances.
If the dispute endures, a series of stoppages will follow the initial 24-hour strike on July 26. Wood Group aims to cut pay by as much as 30%.
On Tuesday, unionised workers at Hyundai Motors and Hyundai Heavy Industries launched strikes in South Korea to demand a 7.2% wage increase and bonuses. The partial strikes mostly affect Hyundai Motors, which employs some 48,000 union members. Hyundai Heavy Industries said the strikes, which were smaller than those at the car maker, would continue on Wednesday and Friday. Local media reported that the walkout was backed by around 9,000 of the 15,000 unionised workers
Workers at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering this week also announced they would go on strike.