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Aker Mariner workforce vote for strike action

Aker Mariner workforce vote for strike action

20 July 2018

Unite the union today (Friday 20 July) confirmed that members working for Aker Solutions on the Statoil Mariner Oil Platform have voted for industrial action.

83.4 per cent of Unite members on a 80.1 per cent turnout rejected a final pay, terms and conditions offer made by Aker management. Around 200 workers are involved in the prospective industrial action which is likely to take place between early August to early October. An overtime ban will also be in place during this period. 

The dispute centers on a collective grievance raised by Unite members in relation to standby payments from recruitment until mobilisation, turn beds payments and training expenses. 

An agreement with Unite regarding payment from turnable beds was broken by Aker along with training expenses not being paid by the company as per the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement.  

On 14 May 2018, a final offer by company management was made to the workforce inclusive of £1,500 per person payment instead of standby allowance and a bonus payment of £6,500 per person. The offer was rejected by 86 per cent of Unite members on an 85 per cent turnout.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “The strength of feeling amongst our members at Aker is rock solid and resolute. The resistance and protracted process by Aker management to give our membership what they deserve has led us to this position. There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to resolve this dispute but the actions of Aker so far can only lead us to the conclusion that  industrial action is all but inevitable.” 

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Notes to editors: 

For more information contact John Boland on 07918 630435.

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.