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Shell tries to bribe Prelude workers with $50,000 one-off payment

Paul Hunt: Senior Journalist: Oil & Gas, Policy. 07 August 2020

SHELL is urging its staff to move to a new fly-in, fly-out, roster, a move that has been described by unions as “unsafe.”

Currently FIFO staff work three weeks on, four weeks off, then three weeks on and five weeks off but under the new proposed agreement, employees would simply do a four week on, four week off roster.

In a power-point presentation leaked to Energy News this week, Shell Australia said a new roster was needed due to interstate travel restrictions, and the combined impact of a 14-day quarantine requirement for FIFO staff.

“This is placing significant pressure and strain on Prelude FLNG production team resourcing, as well as work-life balance for all personnel,” Shell said in its proposal to its employees.

“Interstate workforce are required to spend up to 66.7% more time away from home due to WA quarantine requirements.”

However unions have warned that this would increase fatigue among workers and fly in the face of other Australian FIFO agreements, which will remain with the initial model. Most other operators have moved to Shell’s earlier model.

Shell’s big incentive is a $50,000 one-off payment to sign on to the new FIFO roster.


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