The biggest offshore union has accused employers of ‘spin over substance’, as it took another step towards industrial action.
Unite the union today (Tue 25 Apr) served notice on the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA), informing them that it was going to ballot members for official industrial action.
Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Our members are growing angry over the behaviour of the OCA employers. Last week, we went to talks with them at ACAS, and they told us that they didn’t have the right people there to negotiate, and asked us to explain our pay claim – even though they’ve had it for months. They then had the brass neck to issue a press saying they were disappointed with the outcome.
“Today, they have put out another press release saying they ‘remain willing’ to implement a 2 per cent pay increase. That’s the pay increase that’s already been overwhelmingly rejected by our members, and that would see them suffer a real-terms pay cut.
“If we are going to settle this dispute, we need substance, not spin. Until we get genuine commitment from the OCA to improve their offer, we will continue to act on our members’ wishes, and give them the chance to have a say on possible industrial action, including strike action.”
Unite’s offshore members are in the middle of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions with the OCA. In March, 81 per cent of Unite members voted to reject the latest deal put forward by the employers.
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For further information or comment contact Unite regional officers John Boland on 07918 630435, or Tommy Campbell on 07810 157920.
For more information on the companies represented by the OCA, see their website http://www.ocainternet.com/
Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.