Gorgon workers strike

Construction workers at the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project on Barrow Island, Western Australia, will stop work for 24 hours on Friday, 4 September.

Union employees of contractor CB&I recently voted in favour of industrial action in a bid to have the roster at the project changed from 26 days on and nine days off to 20 days on, with 10 days off.

The Fair Work Commission ruled in July that the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union could hold the protected ballot.

The ABC reports that industrial action has also been slated for September 7 and 11, but will be limited to under three and a half hours at a time.

The Gorgon Project is currently around 90 per cent complete and on track for first LNG before the end of 2015.

Joint venture interests include Chevron (operator, 47 per cent), ExxonMobil (25 per cent), Shell (25 per cent), Osaka Gas (1.25 per cent), Tokyo Gas (1 per cent), and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 per cent).

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