Unite Members Reject Latest OCA Deal

Unite Members Reject Latest OCA Deal
In a consultative ballot, 81% of Unite members vote to reject the latest deal put forward by their employers, represented by the Offshore Contractors Association.

In a consultative ballot, 81 percent of Unite members have voted to reject the latest deal put forward by their employers, represented by the Offshore Contractors Association. 

This is the second pay offer rejected by members. In December, 85 percent of Unite members voted to reject a previous OCA proposal that would have seen no increase in pay and no improvement to workers’ terms and conditions.

“We have repeatedly warned the OCA employers and other offshore employers that we cannot simply have a race to the bottom, with companies competing with each other to suppress the pay and conditions of offshore workers,” Unite Regional Officer Tommy Campbell said in a union statement.

“It’s bad for our members and it’s bad for the local economies that rely on their income,” he added.

Companies who invest in their workers and see them as genuine partners will reap the benefits in the future, Campbell stated.

“Those who don’t will end up lagging behind, and will always face the possibility of industrial action from their workforce,” he added.

“We will now consult with our union members and Unite workplace representatives about the way forward, given they now have a mandate for an industrial action ballot following the rejection of the pay offer,” Campbell warned.

Unite is seeking a significant wage increase for members, along with improved sick pay and paid travel time to an employer’s onshore base. 



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Les | Mar. 22, 2017
Unite have a clear agenda of agitation, designed to negatively impact as many companies and industries as possible. In line with the current UK trend of union disruption from RMT, ASLEF and others supported by Jeremy Corbyn, whose Labour party stand accused of being taken over by a hard left coalition of none other than Momentum (instigators of Corbyns Labour party coup), and Unite, under Len McLuskey. In the current O&G climate, they could seriously threaten industrial action in support of significant wage increases, paid travel time and who knows what else? Unfortunately their rabble-rousing 1970s rhetoric is too easily absorbed by folks like Mr Fyans, who seems to be complaining that 6 months time off per year is insufficient. These articles make me worry about future North Sea investment, and the potential long-term damage these people may cause if unchecked.

John Morris | Mar. 22, 2017
Typical whinging union members. If you dont like the oil field go and work elsewhere for tuppence.

Fred Fyans | Mar. 21, 2017
After all the threats to the workforce that was left after the North sea clearances, who endure 3 Wks on 3 Wks off with no equal time holidays. Which in fact dropped from 4 Wks per year to 3 Wks, these companies have the audacity to offer 2%. If you do not stick together now you will take one giant step back in time that you will not know what is coming next.


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