Union pressure leads to ACAS talks at engineering company

Union pressure leads to ACAS talks at engineering company

14 September 2016

A global engineering company has agreed to take part in conciliation talks after strike action by workers fighting against cuts in redundancy pay.

In July, Oceaneering announced that it was looking to make around 120 workers in Rosyth redundant. The company has gone back on previous agreements with Unite the union, and said that it would pay only the bare legal minimum in redundancy pay.

But following an overtime ban and a 48-hour strike by members, the company has agreed to the involvement of the independent conciliation service ACAS.

Unite welcomed the move, but said that a planned series of six-hour walk outs starting today (Wednesday 14 September) will still go ahead. 

Unite regional officer Ian Ewing said: “Our members are shocked and angry by the actions of the company. We are encouraged that ACAS will now be involved, but this week’s action will continue as a sign of the determination of our members to secure a fair deal.

“In 2015, Oceaneering made profits of over $231 million, and its Chief Executive made more than $7 million. Those profits have been made thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of our members, who accepted no wage rise in 2015 and 2016.

“The company should be giving these workers the respect they deserve.” 

Unite members began a continuous overtime ban at Oceaneering in Rosyth on Friday 2 September, followed by a 48-hour strike on Tuesday 6 September.

Oceaneering provides engineering services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry.


For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 /