SCOTLAND'S leading trade union for the oil and gas industry has signed a new collective bargaining agreement involving contractors based at the St Fergus Gas plant near Peterhead.

Unite has negotiated a collective bargaining agreement involving around 100 contractors employed by the Wood Group and Kaefer at the Ancala Midstream Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) pipeline and terminal.

Workers employed by the contractors on the SAGE system provide maintenance and site support at the gas plant. The collective bargaining agreement covers various groups of workers including scaffold inspectors and supervisors, riggers, forklift drivers, along with mechanical, production and electrical technicians.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Workers in the oil and gas industry are turning to Unite. The latest win for Unite ensures that all contractors based at the St Fergus gas plant are covered by collective bargaining agreements.

"This will undoubtedly strengthen our efforts to secure better jobs, pay and conditions for hundreds of workers at the site.”

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The latest development in the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry ensures that Unite has collective bargaining rights for contractors at all three sub terminals which feed the St Fergus gas terminal.

These sub terminals are owned by Ancala, Shell and North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP) – operated by PX.

Vic Fraser, Unite industrial officer said: “The collective bargaining agreement negotiated by Unite for Wood Group and Kaefer contractors is something our members have been fighting for.

"Unite is delighted to have delivered the goods because it will significantly help our ability to protect and enhance the wages of contractors across the whole site, and ensures that no group of workers get left behind.”

Unite has secured a number of significant wins in the oil and gas industry recently including the signing of a recognition agreement with Equinor this month. It follows the union’s previous announcement in December 2023 that it had signed a similar agreement with Repsol Resources covering around 350 offshore workers.

The union now has recognition agreements with the following oil and gas operators; Equinor, Repsol Resources, Total Energies, and CNOOC.