Union Balloting UKDCA Offshore Members
UK union Unite is holding a consultative ballot of its membership covered by the United Kingdom Drilling Contractors Association (UKDCA).
The ballot follows a breakdown in talks between Unite and the companies associated with the UKDCA over a backdated pay offer for 2018/19, according to the union. The UKDCA was said to have offered a two percent rise for 2018/19 backdated to Jan 1, 2019.
There are also “unresolved elements” in relation to the average holiday pay, Unite revealed. The ballot result will be known on May 8.
“There have been a number of meetings between Unite and the UKDCA for just short of a year now over the pay offer with little progress,” John Clark, Unite regional industrial officer, said in a union statement.
“Unite is clear that the drilling companies are lagging behind on pay compared to those members working under other offshore agreements such as the Offshore Contractors Association,” he added.
“We will be conducting a consultative ballot over the coming weeks because our members covered by the UKDCA deserve better, and we cannot ignore the delay tactics any longer,” Clark continued.
Last month, Unite revealed that its Petrofac members working on BP platforms in the North Sea voted “emphatically” for industrial action. Petrofac has since confirmed that employees working on BP assets voted to accept an offer of two, one-week periods of paid leave, which the company said brought this dispute to a close.
Earlier this year, Unite revealed that its offshore membership voted “overwhelmingly” for industrial action on the Elgin-Franklin, North Alwyn, Dunbar and Shetland Gas Plant assets. Petrofac has since stated that employees working on the Alwyn and Dunbar assets made the decision to end industrial action.
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