| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

Workers at major Australia gas facilities to strike

Workers at two huge liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in Australia run by US energy behemoth Chevron are expected to go on strike on September 7, potentially raising worldwide prices.

This comes after weeks of bargaining with unions overcompensation and working conditions.

Chevron informed the BBC that it will “continue to take steps to maintain safe and reliable operations in the event that our facilities are disrupted.”

Strike fears recently drove up wholesale gas prices in Europe.

The Wheatstone and Gorgon complexes in Western Australia presently employ over 500 people and generate more than 5% of the world’s LNG.

Workers at the two facilities plan to start a week of strikes from from 7 September.

The industrial action will see workers down tools for up to 11 hours a day, according to a strike plan seen by the BBC.

“While we don’t believe that industrial action is necessary for agreement to be reached, we recognise employees have the right to take protected industrial action,” Chevron said in a statement on Tuesday.