Unite Members Accept New Aker Mariner Offer
UK union Unite has confirmed that members working for Aker Solutions on the Statoil Mariner oil platform have accepted an improved pay offer.
The union said around 200 Unite members “have secured a number of significant improvements to pay, terms and conditions following months of protracted negotiations with Aker management”.
Sixty-eight percent of Unite members, on an 88 percent turnout, accepted the offer made by Aker management. The accepted offer addressed “a number of key concerns,” according to Unite, including movement on training, turnable beds nightly allowance, standby and bonus payments.
“Unite members have accepted the latest offer by Aker on the basis of securing a number of significant improvements from the previous offer,” Unite regional officer John Boland said in a union statement.
“We are pleased that there has been a successful resolution to these negotiations which have been conducted in a constructive manner and our members’ concerns have been addressed. This is a major victory and will set the level for future projects in the North Sea, and shows the value of being in a strong union,” he added.
Unite announced recently that members working for Aker on the Statoil Mariner platform were to be balloted on a new pay offer.
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.
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”.
Statoil, which has now changed its name to Equinor, is the operator of Mariner with 65.11 percent equity. Co-venturers are JX Nippon (20 percent), Siccar Point (8.89 percent) and Dyas (6 percent).
Mariner is one of the largest upstream investments in the UK in the last 10 years, according to Equinor’s website, which states that the project will create 700 long term positions over its lifetime.
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