Unite Scotland has welcomed the latest addition to the offshore Energy Services Agreement (ESA). Stork will now join thirteen other signatories to the ground breaking new collective agreement for thousands of engineering and maintenance workers in the North Sea.

 The offshore contractor, which specialises in construction support services as part of both onshore and offshore maintenance and repair programs, employs around 700 people. Stork will now join Aker, Altera, Brand, Kaefer, Muehlhan, Navitas, ODE, Oleochem, Petrofac, Ponticelli, Semco, Wood, Worley as part of the new collective agreement, which has replaced the previous Offshore Contractors Agreement.

The growing momentum behind the ESA comes on the back of Unite’s ‘Keep the North Sea Safe – Cuts Cost Lives’ – campaign. The ESA is now expected to cover the terms and conditions of around 7,000 workers with growing pressure on other contractors to join the collective agreement. 

 John Boland, Unite Regional Officer said: “There is growing momentum behind the ground breaking Energy Services Agreement. We are pleased that Stork has now decided to join thirteen other offshore contractors in the new collective agreement which was established this week. Unite hopes that other companies, yet to join, will see the obvious benefits and merits of being part of an alliance between trade unions and industry which improves the standards and conditions across the offshore sector. Ultimately, our members will have to endorse the new agreement but it is one with growing support including from Stork which means we can recommend this to our members.”