Total E&P awards 15% pay increase


Oil and gas organisation Total E&P has agreed a 15% basic pay increase with the trade union Unite, in response to proposed strike action at its Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin rigs.

The agreed pay deal also features a retention bonus, to compensate Total E&P employees for the use of 3:3 rotas.

Unite members working at the organisation voted 61.9% in favour of the new pay deal, on a turnout of 93%. Unite formally accepted Total E&P’s pay offer on 26 September 2018. All future industrial action has now been cancelled.

The deal, which will benefit around 50 employees, is a result of negotiations between Total E&P and Unite that have been based at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) over the past weeks.

Wullie Wallace, regional industrial officer at Unite, said: “Unite members have accepted the latest offer by Total on the basis of securing a number of significant improvements from the previous offer. This has been a long and protracted dispute following months of negotiations, but we have secured a significant victory with a 15% base increase and a substantial bonus for the workforce.

“Unite retains serious concerns over the 3:3 rota system, which we will monitor. On balance, our members have agreed to this new offer and all industrial action is now cancelled. The award shows the value of being in a strong union and builds upon the other recent awards established in the North Sea for our offshore members.”

Total was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.