Unite members under the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement today (Wednesday 29 July) rejected proposals over changes to shift rotas and terms and conditions following a consultative ballot, increasing the likelihood of industrial action in the North Sea.
63.5 per cent per cent of members balloted voted against OCA’s offer to move to a three-on/three-off shift pattern, with a variable remuneration offer to mitigate the impact on terms and conditions caused by the changes to working-time arrangements.
Unite industrial officer Willie Wallace said: “We said previously that our members would have the final say and they are clear that the OCA offer isn’t good enough.
“North Sea employers must do more to address the deep concerns our members have over these shift pattern changes - from loss of earnings and livelihoods to the impact on workplace health and safety and quality of life.
“We are not blind to the challenges facing the industry, indeed we are acutely aware it because the human cost of the downturn is clear in the deep cuts to our members’ incomes and livelihoods.
“However, the lesson the industry has to take from this process is that it must consult and engage with our members in a far more meaningful manner and that any changes impacting lives and livelihoods should not be imposed.”
For further information please contact Unite industrial officer Willie Wallace on 07712 444952 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.