Strike Resumes as RMT Members Vote on New Offer

More than 900 North Sea divers and support staff who have been on indefinite strike since November 1 are to consider a new offer made by the employers Monday after eight hours of talks held under the auspices of Acas.

The strike will continue while members are consulted in a referendum to be concluded later this week.

"After six days of solid indefinite strike action and after eight hours of talks today under the auspices of Acas, the employers have today made a new offer," RMT general secretary Bob Crow said Monday night.

"The new offer is of 25 (twenty-five) percent on all rates from November 1, with a further five percent from April 1 next year.

"The offer is also of a further five percent or RPI plus 1.5 percent, whichever is greater, from November 1, 2007and again from November 1, 2008.

"The employers have also agreed to pay divers and support staff for all eight bank holidays.

"Importantly the employers have also agreed to formulate proper bargaining procedures with each of the seven companies involved, although they will still come together when pay is discussed for all seven companies.

"The offer has been made without strings, and will be put to members in a referendum that will close later this week," Bob Crow said.

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