Unions call off strike af­ter ros­ter win

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Klinger

■ 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.”

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