Unite Members Reject Latest OCA Deal
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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