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Australian trade unions to end strike action at Chevron gas plants

AUSTRALIAN trade unions announced today that they will end their strike actions at Chevron’s three gas plants after an agreement was brokered.

Chevron Australia and the Offshore Alliance said that they had accepted an arbitrator’s recommendation for resolving a dispute over pay and working conditions.

The alliance is a partnership of the Australian Workers’ Union and the Maritime Union of Australia, which represents workers in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The strikes involve 500 workers who have yet to accept updated employment contracts at the US energy giant’s three facilities in the Pilbara region of western Australia.

The plants account for between 5 and 7 per cent of global liquefied natural gas supply and union unrest since September 8 has affected global gas prices.

In a statement, the unions said: “The Offshore Alliance will now work with Chevron to finalise the drafting of the three agreements and members will soon cease current industrial action.”

Chevron said that it had accepted the recommendation of the arbitrator who brokered the resolution, fair work commissioner Bernie Riordan, to “resolve all outstanding issues and finalise the agreements.”

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