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.