By Rhiannon Hoyle

 

Workers at two natural-gas facilities operated by Chevron in Australia have called off plans to restart industrial action after endorsing draft deals on pay and conditions.

The labor dispute between Chevron and workers at its Gorgon and Wheatstone liquefied-natural-gas facilities in Australia has rattled global energy markets. The operations account for roughly 7% of global supply.

The Offshore Alliance, a partnership between two local unions, said members at a mass meeting Tuesday endorsed three draft enterprise agreements and agreed to suspend industrial action.

Workers recently voted to restart action beginning Oct. 19, alleging Chevron had attempted to walk back on an agreement recommended by Australia's workplace arbiter last month.

"We hope this can now be put to rest," Offshore Alliance spokesperson Brad Gandy said Wednesday.

A Chevron spokesperson said the company welcomes the endorsement of the agreements and will prepare for an employee ballot to be held next week. "If voted up, the agreements will then be submitted to the Fair Work Commission for approval," the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

 

Write to Rhiannon Hoyle at rhiannon.hoyle@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 18, 2023 05:55 ET (09:55 GMT)

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