OCA Still Willing to Implement Pay Rise Despite GMB Industrial Ballot

The Offshore Contractors’ Association has said that it is still willing to implement a 2 percent increase in basic pay for offshore employees, despite UK union GMB announcing plans to hold an industrial ballot.

“Our offer guarantees that basic pay will be linked to inflation up to 2019 ensuring that wages keep pace with the cost of living,” Paul Atkinson, CEO of the Offshore Contractors Association, said in a statement sent to Rigzone.

“We believe that our offer balances the need to reward employees while supporting the requirements of each OCA member company and our collective overarching aim; to ensure job opportunities in the North Sea now and in the long-term,” Atkinson added.

The OCA CEO also stated that his organization was actively seeking to resolve the pay dispute and would continue to do all it can to avoid any disruption.

“Industrial action will only serve to make investment in the North Sea less attractive and jeopardise the long-term future of the industry,” he said.

GMB was not immediately available for comment.

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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