UK Unions Waiting on New OCA Deal
UK unions GMB and Unite are currently waiting on a new deal from the OCA, which could banish fears of strike action in the North Sea.
“As previously advised GMB and Unite have declared a failure to agree with the OCA which has triggered the dispute resolution procedure,” said the unions in a joint statement.
“Trade Union Officers and the Offshore Union Reps have recently attended direct talks with the OCA. We are now awaiting the final written confirmation of a pay offer from the OCA employers within the next few days,” the unions added.
GMB and Unite are threatening strike action in the North Sea unless offshore members see a spate of fiscal changes in their contracts.
The unions invoked a Dispute Resolution Procedure following the overwhelming rejection of an offer from the Offshore Contractors Association, and are preparing industrial action ballots in case Unite and GMB fail to make a deal with the OCA in the near future.
“The status quo will be maintained until agreement is reached at any stage in the procedure or it is exhausted. Notwithstanding this, the signatory trade unions will prepare industrial action ballots, in case of failure to secure a resolution,” a Unite representative said in a statement at the end of December.
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