The Strategist

Chevron to ask arbitration panel to intervene in dispute with Australian unions

09/12/2023 - 11:15

The Australian Arbitration Commission on Labor Relations (FWC) will be contacted by Chevron Australia, a subsidiary of the American Chevron Corp., to request intervention in the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG strike, according to the Financial Times.

According to Chevron's Australian subsidiary, there is no "reasonable prospect" of an agreement being reached with the site's employees. As a result, the company will petition the FWC to rule that the circumstances surrounding the collective bargaining agreement are unresolvable. The commission will then need to decide on labor conditions on its own.

On Friday, employees at the two LNG plants owned by Chevron in Western Australia went on strike. The strike was initially slated to start as early as Thursday but was postponed for one day so that more talks could take place.

Over the past week, issues have been discussed in FWC meetings between company and union officials. Pay is one of the points of contention.



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