Unite the union today (Monday 30 July) has confirmed that members working for Aker Solutions on the Statoil Mariner oil platform are to be balloted on a new pay offer.
The union confirmed on the 20 July that around 200 workers voted for industrial action following months of protracted wage negotiations. The new offer by Aker management addresses a number of key concerns raised in the successful ballot for industrial action including training, turnable beds nightly allowance, standby and bonus payments. The offer will be put to Unite members for consideration by a consultative ballot closing on 13 August. Unite has agreed to remove the overtime working ban during this process as a gesture of ‘good will’.
Unite regional officer John Boland said: “There has been significant movement by Aker management over the last week to address a number of the key concerns our membership had which led to an overwhelming mandate for industrial action. These latest negotiations have been conducted in a constructive way which led to Unite making the decision to remove the overtime working ban as a gesture of goodwill. The new offer will be put to our membership in a consultative ballot with a recommendation to accept, but it is ultimately in their hands as to whether they think this is an acceptable offer.”
83.4 per cent of Unite members on an 80.1 per cent turnout rejected the previous pay, terms and conditions offer made by Aker management.
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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.