Unite Members Accept New OCA Offer
UK union Unite has revealed that its 2,500 members covered by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) have accepted a revised pay offer from the OCA following an online ballot.
The latest pay offer consisted of a proposed increase in the D1 hourly rate based on a Category B craftsperson of 4.8 percent for 2019 and 4 percent for 2020, according to Unite.
Unite’s negotiations with the OCA were initiated in January 2018 with several previous offers having been rejected. The union and its OCA shop stewards had recommended acceptance of the latest pay offer to its offshore membership.
“After a long process, Unite members have accepted the revised pay offer by the OCA,” John Boland, Unite regional industrial officer, said in a union statement.
“The two year pay deal represents a significant improvement on the initial OCA offer, which has been recognized by our offshore members who perform difficult and arduous jobs,” he added.
“We are pleased that following this democratic decision by our membership that we can put this period of uncertainty behind us,” Boland continued.
In December last year, Unite announced that its 2,500 members covered by the OCA were to be balloted on a new pay offer “following constructive discussions with all OCA contractors”.
Back in November, Unite confirmed that the “vast majority” of its 2,500 members covered by the OCA agreement had voted for industrial action. The industrial action ballots followed the rejection of an OCA pay offer in July by Unite’s offshore membership in a consultative ballot.
The OCA represents contractor companies in the UK in a range of offshore and onshore activities, according to its website. The organization - which counts Aker Solutions Ltd, Wood and Worley Parsons among its members – began in 1995.
All of Unite’s 2,500 members covered by the OCA agreement work within the UKCS.
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