Scotland’s Offshore Union Turns Down Latest OCA Pay Deal

Members of Scotland’s biggest offshore trade union ‘Unite’ have voted to reject a pay offer put forward by employers, represented by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA).

In a consultative ballot, 81 per cent of Unite members voted to reject the latest deal.

This is the second pay offer rejected by members. In December, 85 per cent of Unite members voted to reject a previous OCA proposal that would have seen no increase in their pay and no improvement to their terms and conditions.

Unite regional officer, Tommy Campbell, said: “We have repeatedly warned the OCA employers and other offshore employers that we cannot simply have a race to the bottom, with companies competing with each other to suppress the pay and conditions of offshore workers.

“It’s bad for our members and it’s bad for the local economies that rely on their income.

“Those companies who invest in their workers and see them as genuine partners will reap the benefits in the future. Those who don’t will end up lagging behind, and will always face the possibility of industrial action from their workforce.

“We will now consult with our union members and Unite workplace representatives about the way forward, given they now have a mandate for an industrial action ballot following the rejection of the pay offer.”

Unite is seeking a significant wage increase for members, along with improved sick pay and paid travel time to an employer’s onshore base.

Source: Unite

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