Unite calls for end to offshore impositions as caterer...

Unite calls for end to offshore impositions as caterers accept improved offer to avert strikes

04 December 2015

Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, has said today (Friday 4 December) that the decision of its members in the Catering Offshore Trade Association (COTA) agreement to accept an improved pay offer should end the industry-led imposition of cuts to workers terms and conditions.

Following a consultative ballot, COTA members who deliver catering and ancillary services across installations in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), accepted a deal offering increased increments to cover, delay and training payments and a ‘no cuts’ clause for the remainder of the existing agreement.

It brings to an end nearly one year of stalemate after COTA employers previously revoked the second-year of a two year pay deal, threatening the first offshore industrial action in a generation.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Although deeply frustrated at the length of time it has taken to get to this point we are pleased the COTA employers recognised our members’ justifiable concerns and finally pursued a resolution through proper negotiations.

“We have consistently said that our members are not blind to the challenges facing their industry but that revoking long-standing collective agreements through imposition was a dangerous precedent for offshore employment relations.

 “This should undoubtedly serve as a lesson to the rest of the industry that impositions are entirely wrong and that we have to come together now – government, industry and trade unions – to ensure employment rights are respected and proper employment relations are the rule rather than the exception.

“This is the only way we can build a safe and sustained recovery for the UK offshore sector.”


For further information please contact Unite Regional Officer John Boland on 07918 630435 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931. 

  • 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.