OCA 'Extremely Disappointed' by Unite Proposal Rejection

OCA 'Extremely Disappointed' by Unite Proposal Rejection
The Offshore Contractors Association is extremely disappointed that members of Unite have rejected its latest proposal, which was made in a bid to ward off future strikes.

The Offshore Contractors Association is extremely disappointed that members of Unite have rejected its latest proposal, which was made in a bid to ward off future strikes.

“We are extremely disappointed that members of…Unite have rejected our proposal to maintain last year’s agreement, less than 12 months after they voted to support the same deal,” OCA Chief Executive Paul Atkinson said in a statement sent to Rigzone.

“Our priority is to work in partnership with the relevant trade unions to deliver a fair and sustainable package of pay and conditions. We will continue to maintain close contact with our partner Unions Unite and GMB  as we seek to find a way forward together in the best interests of both our member companies and those who work for them,” he added.

Members of Scotland’s biggest offshore trade union, Unite, overwhelmingly voted to reject an offer from OCA, the lead representative body of offshore contractor companies, which would have seen no increase in pay and no change to the conditions of members, Unite said in a statement sent to Rigzone.

“Our members have made their views clear and we have informed the OCA of the result,” Unite Regional Officer Tommy Campbell said.

“We will now be looking to meet with the employers to get their reaction and to discuss how to take this matter forward. However, it is clear that the status quo is not an option,” he added.

Unite, along with the GMB union, are seeking a wage increase for offshore members, along with improved sick pay and paid travel time.

Earlier this year, UK unions Unite and RMT revealed that Wood Group employees working across Shell operated assets in the North Sea took part in industrial action over worker pay and allowance discrepancies.

On July 26, a 24-hour strike took place, involving around 400 workers from Unite and RMT, due to proposed cutbacks from OCA member Wood Group. A second 48-hour strike occurred Aug. 4, which disrupted planned shutdowns on the Brent Charlie, Shearwater and Nelson platforms in the North Sea. Several more strikes were also being planned by the unions in the near future, although these are currently suspended to allow for fresh talks.

A graduate in journalism from Cardiff University, Andreas has eight years of experience as a business journalist. Email Andreas at andreas.exarheas@rigzone.com

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Fred Fyans | Dec. 19, 2016
I have worked in the UK North sea oil industry from 1978 and seen a lot of changes from past to present. In the early days we worked 2 weeks on 1 week off with no leave pay, so I had to sign on unemployed to keep my pension stamps up to date. Understandable the government were not to happy about this and told the oil companies to pay leave pay. The first strike in 1989 caused a lot of men to be sacked and blacklisted and the remaining getting better conditions and regular pay rises but still no holidays. After many year of talks the companies began to relent on the holidays but at a price just offering 1 or 2 % pay rise plus 1 days holiday and this went on for 14 years resulting that now that we could have a 2 week holiday with pay. Then the companies introduce 3 week trips with 3 weeks leave and 4 weeks holidays. Now the oil crash and all these conditions which have been agreed on are under threat and the offshore workers are not allowed to be upset about it, with the companies telling some if you dont accept what they are offering you can leave he platform. What is my point about this :- Oil companies may change names but not their spots think long and hard before you sign your rights away its the guys who come later in life that you are deciding for.


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