UK Union 'Moving Towards' New Industrial Action Ballot
The UK’s Unite union has revealed that its 2,500 members covered by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement have rejected a recent pay offer from the association following a consultative ballot.
Negotiations with the OCA have been ongoing since January, and a revised offer on overall pay, terms and conditions was made in June. As a consequence of the consultative ballot, Unite will be “moving towards” an industrial action ballot, a union spokesperson told Rigzone.
“Unite’s thousands of members in the offshore sector covered by the OCA agreement have participated in a consultative ballot to emphatically reject the pay offer,” Unite Regional Officer Tommy Campbell said in a union statement.
“We now have no option but to ballot our members for industrial action,” he added.
The OCA represents contractor companies in the UK in a range of offshore and onshore activities. Members of the OCA include AMEC Foster Wheeler plc, Aker Offshore Partner Ltd, Petrofac Facilities Management, and Wood Group PSN Ltd.
Unite’s members employed by Total E&P working on North Sea oil and gas platforms began industrial action earlier today in a dispute over pay and working hours.
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