Workers Strike Amidst Failed Negotiations Over Pay Dispute
Workers at two major natural-gas plants operated by Chevron in Australia have initiated industrial action, resulting in significant repercussions within global gas markets. Despite a week-long negotiation period between Chevron and its employees at the Gorgon and Wheatstone liquefied natural gas facilities, which are renowned as major LNG exporters, a consensus could not be reached on critical matters such as fair compensation. Although the initial plan was for the industrial action to commence on Thursday, it was temporarily postponed to allow for these discussions.
The Offshore Alliance, a partnership between two local unions, declared that industrial action officially began at 1pm local time in Perth, the capital of Western Australia. This action encompasses work bans and intermittent work stoppages leading up to a two-week walkout starting on September 14th.
In response, Chevron has acknowledged that it engaged in negotiations in good faith. However, the energy company signaled its inability to comply with the demands put forth by the approximately 500 workers.