Unite the union today (Friday 20 July) confirmed its 2,500 members covered by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement have rejected the recent pay offer following a consultative ballot.
Negotiations with the OCA have been ongoing since January this year whereby a revised offer on overall pay, terms and conditions framework was made in June. The OCA Pay Offer (2018/19) consisted of an increase in the D1 hourly rate based on a Category B craftsperson to be applied as follows:
- 1 August 2018 – 31 March 2019 an increase of 65p per hour from £19.70 per hour to £20.35, an increase of 3.3% on the hourly rate
- 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 an increase of 50p per hour from £20.35 per hour to £20.85, an increase of 2.5% on the hourly rate.
- The increase was to flow through to all the other categories; A Technician, C Semi-Skilled and D Unskilled.
Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “Unite’s thousands of members in the offshore sector covered by the OCA agreement have participated in a consultative ballot to emphatically reject the pay offer. We hope the strength of feeling demonstrated among Unite members will be taken seriously by the OCA employers. We now have no option but to ballot our members for industrial action.”
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For further information or comment contact Unite regional officers John Boland on 07918 630435, or Tommy Campbell on 07810 157920.
- 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.