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Shetland Total gas plant industrial action 'may be averted'

Managers at the construction site of the new Total gas terminal in Shetland have said they are hopeful industrial action may be averted.

Union leaders and management from Petrofac, the company behind the project, struck a deal on Thursday night that will be put to workers.

BBC Scotland understands the company will offer a lump sum and an enhanced wage to the 800 workers.

An additional accommodation barge is also planned.

Unions had been seeking additional payments for travelling time and for having to share bedrooms.

Petrofac said it wants to avoid any disruption to the construction project, which is due to be completed this summer.

The £3bn gas plant is next to the Sullom Voe terminal, which handles production from fields off Shetland.

The new adjacent gas plant is being built by the French company Total.

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