GMB supports Unite’s decision to accept improved proposals by the Offshore Contractors’ Association (OCA) over changes to conditions for offshore workers in the North Sea, GMB’s National Officer Dave Hulse has told Rigzone.
Unite’s decision comes after both unions called for strike action in May 2015, following the OCA’s proposals to change working conditions for offshore workers in UK waters. GMB and Unite put official industrial action ballots on hold while considering an improved offer from the OCA that was made in June, although 63.5 percent of Unite members balloted voted to reject the proposals, which increased the likelihood of industrial action. GMB union members voted to accept the OCA’s proposals in August 2015. Following another improved offer by the OCA, which included improved holiday entitlement and a joint review of ‘three and three’ equal time shift rotations, Unite accepted the proposals.
With Unite and the OCA ending their dispute, both unions now plan to meet with the OCA to discuss any final outstanding issues.
In a statement sent to Rigzone, GMB’s Dave Hulse said:
“GMB are pleased that Unite have settled their dispute with the OCA. This now means both GMB and Unite can now formally sit down with the OCA to discuss issues that are outstanding. GMB and Unite continue to support the agreement for offshore workers and are committed to working with the OCA to protect our members’ terms and conditions moving forward.”
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