UNIONS representing workers at Chevron’s Wheatstone and Gorgon facilities have escalated industrial action with plans for an additional two weeks of work stoppages.  

The Chevron employees are members of the Offshore Alliance, an organisation made up of the Maritime Union of Australia and the Australian Workers’ Union.

The Offshore Alliance said in a social media post it had notified Chevron of two weeks of protected industrial action beginning on 14 September.

The alliance has warned of rolling 24-hour strikes each day for 14 days at the Wheatstone and Gorgon facilities in Western Australia.

This builds on seven days of protected industrial action already slated to begin on 7 September. The Offshore Alliance gave notice of the first round of action last week.

“Our bargaining claims will look more and more reasonable as Chevron’s Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG exports dry up,” the alliance wrote on Tuesday morning.

Chevron’s Wheatstone and Gorgon projects together account for more than 5% of global LNG production capacity.

A report from Reuters noted the industrial dispute has stoked volatility on natural gas markets nervous about the risk of long term disruption.