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Union Strike on Prelude FLNG

Sodexo to chopper ‘scabs’ in preparation for union strike

28 July 2020

Lego model of the Prelude FLNG at Shell House on Wellington Street, Perth.

CONTRACTOR Sodexo has made a last-ditch effort to prevent the impact of a union strike across Shell Australia’s Prelude floating LNG vessel offshore Western Australia, by helicoptering in alternative staff ahead of the protected action set to commence on Thursday.

The Australian Workers Union and Maritime Union of Australia, in a coalition known as the Offshore Alliance, have organised a strike, more commonly known as a ‘protected action’ when undertaken as part of enterprise bargaining, from this Thursday, of more than 60 caters, cooks, and cleaners across the Prelude FLNG.

Laundry service will be cancelled and food restricted to vegetarian meals.

Energy News understands Sodexo plans to fly in alternative staff from other mine sites and facilities to ensure the strike has no meaningful impact on the operations of the Shell facility.

The unions will now protest outside of Shell House on Wellington Street, Perth in the “very near future” in response to Sodexo’s contingency plans.

The strike is an escalation of Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiations. Unions want better wages for Sodexo staff aboard the Prelude FLNG.

Union members will not work between 4am and 7am or between 4pm and 7pm. Further to this no hot food will be cooked and no meat will be prepared. There will also be no baking and no laundry services “until further notice”.

According to the Offshore Alliance, unions and the key contractor Sodexo had come to the table and agreed to a new EBA, but Shell Australia pressured the contract to abandon the agreement.

If the unions are correct and Shell did intervene in the negotiations, those actions would be considered unlawful.

Shell Australia has refuted those accusations.

Sodexo could not be reached for comment.


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