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Offshore dispute: Constructive talks between unions and Wood Group

Shell worker at Brent field in North Sea Image copyright Shell
Image caption Workers on seven Shell platforms have been involved in strike action

"Constructive" talks have been held between unions and the Wood Group in an ongoing dispute involving offshore workers.

Both 48-hour and 24-hour strikes have already been held on seven Shell-operated platforms.

Further action was planned but was put on hold for fresh talks.

Wood Group and the Unite and RMT unions said in a statement they had held two full days of constructive discussions which would continue next week.

The statement said: "These collaborative discussions have demonstrated a clear, shared understanding of the issues being raised by all parties, plus the challenges facing the North Sea.

"We remain focused on reaching a mutually-acceptable outcome, which demonstrates collective leadership in shaping the future of the North Sea."

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The initial 24-hour strike on 26 July was the first industrial action of its kind in the North Sea in nearly 30 years and was followed by a 48-hour stoppage the following week.

The platforms involved are the Curlew, Brent Alpha, Brent Bravo, Brent Charlie, Nelson, Gannet and Shearwater.

Aberdeen-based Wood Group provides maintenance and construction to Shell and signed a three-year extension to its contract earlier this year.

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