Unions call off strike after roster win
■ Chevron has averted more trouble on its $US54 billion ($77 billion) Gorgon LNG project after hundreds of construction workers on Barrow Island cancelled a 24-hour strike at the last minute.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and the Electrical Trades Union called off the action, citing a breakthrough in talks with Gorgon subcontractor Chicago Bridge & Iron on roster changes for Barrow Island workers.
The unions were pushing for the 26-day on, nine-day off roster to be changed to a more “family friendly” 20-10 setting.
They had planned to go on strike and flagged more downtime in coming weeks, as part of their industrial action.
The unions announced a compromise deal with CB&I of 23-10 along with a 5 per cent pay rise.
“Ground breaking, will set new industry standards,” CFMEU State secretary Mick Buchan tweeted.
“Huge win for Gorgon workers.”