Woodside reaches deal with workers, Chevron holding out

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Woodside Energy has reached in-principle agreement with the Australian Workers’ Union and the Electrical Trades Union and other bargaining representatives on an enterprise agreement covering employees on its North West Shelf offshore platforms.

Over 150 members on Woodside’s offshore LNG platforms Goodwyn Alpha, North Rankin Complex and Angel Platform off the coast of Karratha in Western Australia’s North West last week voted in favour of taking Protected Industrial Action to progress their bargaining claims.

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In-principle agreement has reportedly been reached on all claims relating to remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment.

The next steps will be for the enterprise agreement to be finalised and then voted on by employees and approved by the Fair Work Commission.

The unions have committed to not filing a Notice of Protected Industrial Action while the process is underway.

Chevron is yet to broker a deal with Offshore Alliance members at its Gorgon and Wheatstone Downstream facilities. The members have voted to endorse taking protected industrial action should the global petrochemical company fail to offer them an industry standard Enterprise Agreement in current negotiations.

“Workers at Shell’s LNG facilities secured an enterprise agreement this time last year after 76 days of protected industrial action. Workers at INPEX secured an enterprise agreement with the Alliance in 2022. And earlier today Offshore Alliance employee representatives at Woodside endorsed an in-principle agreement negotiated with the company,” an Offshore Alliance spokesperson said.

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“This leaves Chevron out in the cold with no industry standard enterprise agreement covering its workforce.

“Members are seeking remuneration outcomes which align with benchmark industry standards that apply to Chevron’s contemporaries in Shell, INPEX and are soon to apply to Woodside. In negotiations to date, Chevron has proposed remuneration terms are lower than some Tier 2 oil and gas operators in Australian waters.”

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