Strike Action on the Cards for UK GMB Union?
UK union GMB has confirmed that most of its members covered by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement have voted for industrial action.
The union said offshore workers backed action in the vote on a row over pay. It follows the rejection of an OCA pay offer in July.
Unite, another UK union, also confirmed recently that the “vast majority” of its 2,500 members covered by the OCA agreement voted for industrial action.
The trade unions are set to meet the OCA on Tuesday for talks in an attempt to avoid the dispute escalating. The OCA represents a range of companies, including Aker Solutions, Petrofac Facilities Management, Sparrows Offshore Services, Wood and Worley Parsons.
“Our members have made their feelings loud and clear. These workers have been instrumental in these companies’ success and they fully deserve what is effectively a cost of living increase,” Ross Murdoch, GMB national officer, said in a union statement.
"It is unfortunate that matters have come to this but they can be resolved if the OCA employers see sense and make a fair and reasonable offer. It’s time for the OCA to return to the table with an improved offer to avert costly disruption and reputational damage,” he added.
Commenting after GMB’s announcement, the OCA said it maintains a close relationship with the trade unions.
“The OCA has made it very clear that we must get this fixed on behalf of the whole industry,” Paul Atkinson, CEO of the OCA, said in an organization statement.
“The OCA maintains a close relationship with the trade unions and has worked with them throughout the year to build a sustainable agreement that rewards employees, controls costs and provides greater job security,” he added.
“We share a common objective to ensure that the basin will remain an attractive place for people to work and companies to do business for many years to come,” Atkinson continued.
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