Strike threat at oil and gas pipe company

Posted by GMB Admin
Tuesday 13 September 2022
GMB Trade Union - Strike threat at oil and gas pipe company

Baker Hughes can afford to do better by workers

The threat of strike action hangs over a Newcastle energy company after workers twice turned down a real terms pay cut. 

More than 200 workers at Baker Hughes, in Walker, will now take part in a formal industrial action ballot. 

The dates of the ballot will be announced in the coming days. 

GMB members at the company - which makes pipelines for the oil and gas industry – have overwhelmingly turned down pay offers of 4 and 4.56 per cent. 

With inflation at 12.3 per cent, both offers amount to massive real terms pay cut. 

Michael Hunt, GMB Organiser, said: 

"These workers are facing the worst cost of living pressures in a generation. 

“Four and a half per cent is nowhere near enough. 

“This is a multinational company making vital pipes for the energy sector – it’s order books are full for years to come. 

“It can afford to do better by its workers.” 

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