Preparations for strike action at Sullom Voe Terminal in Shetland have been suspended after a new pay deal for workers was hammered out.

Unite members had voted for strike action by 94 per cent in early March in response to EnQuest’s alleged “attacks” on the terms and conditions of the workforce. But the Unite trade union said industrial action planning would be halted while it ballots members at the Sullom Voe Terminal on the new, improved offer. The ballot closes on April 3.

Unite also said the coronavirus outbreak had played a part in its decision to defer strike action. It said the decision was in the interests of the workforce and households reliant on production from the plant, which is operated by EnQuest.

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24th March 2020