Oil Report

Milford Haven strike talks to resume Friday - port

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Talks between Britain’s biggest union and Milford Haven Port Authority management broke up on Thursday evening with no progress in agreeing a deal to avert a strike planned next week at the key oil and gas port, a spokesman for the MHPA said.

Talks over pensions between Unite and the port authority are due to resume on Friday morning.

Pilots needed to guide in ships into the port in south Wales plan a 12-hour strike on Feb. 23, together with an undefined period of working to rule, meaning they will not guide big ships indefinitely. [ID:nLDE61G0V9]

Britain’s High Court issued an injunction on Wednesday to stop a 48-hour strike over pensions that had been scheduled to start on Thursday morning followed by an indeterminate period of “working to rule.”

Although the union has appealed against that ruling, it has made a binding agreement with the MHPA not to proceed with the strike or work to rule action that was planned this week.