Union: Workers to be Balloted on New Pay Offer
UK union Unite has confirmed that members working for Aker Solutions on the Statoil Mariner oil platform are to be balloted on a new pay offer.
The new offer by Aker management “addresses a number of key concerns”, according to Unite. The union said the offer will be put to members for consideration by a consultative ballot closing on August 13.
“There has been significant movement by Aker management … to address a number of the key concerns our membership had which led to an overwhelming mandate for industrial action,” Unite regional officer John Boland said in an organization statement.
“The new offer will be put to our membership in a consultative ballot with a recommendation to accept, but it is ultimately in their hands as to whether they think this is an acceptable offer,” he added.
In July, news emerged that members of UK unions Unite and GMB employed by Aker Solutions on the Mariner project voted to initiate strike action.
Unite said the dispute was in relation to standby payments from recruitment until mobilization, turn beds payments and training expenses.
The union revealed that 83.4 percent of its members, on an 80.1 percent turnout, rejected the previous pay, terms and conditions offer made by Aker management.
Following news of the proposed strike action, Aker Solutions told Rigzone in July that this was a “disappointing development” and revealed that it would “seek further discussions with the unions regarding their proposed steps to resolution”.
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