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.
“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.
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