For immediate release: Wednesday 26 October 2022

Offshore drillers accept 10% pay increase

Strike called off as workers win improved pay offer

Unite the union confirmed today that over 450 offshore drilling and drilling  maintenance workers covered by the United Kingdom Drilling Contractors Association (UKDCA) have accepted an improved offer of 10% on their rates of pay back dated to 1st June 2022.

Sharon Graham Unite general secretary said: “By standing together, Unite's members covered by UKDCA have an improved offer that they are willing to accept.  They showed collective strength and resilience to fight for better pay which they achieved so the planned strikes are now off. Unite is determined to achieve improved pay, terms and conditions for our members and this shows their fight was worth it.”

Vic Fraser Unite industrial officer stated: “Unite members were determined to obtain an improved offer and stuck to their guns. During the first in a serious of planned 48 hour stoppages across the North Sea and following further discussions with the UKDCA and Acas an improved offer of 10% was tabled, this was put to our members who have accepted the offer. This demonstrates what can be achieved when meaningful negotiations take place and employers listen to what our members are collectively saying, it proves that collective bargaining works for all.”