Stork workers remain in dispute with company over pay

Unite the union confirmed today (16 June) that around 450 Stork offshore members have rejected a revised pay offer from the company.

A 6 per cent pay offer was resoundingly rejected by 76 per cent on the basis that it represents a real terms pay cut. Also, that offer only covered around 70 per cent of Unite’s 650 members within Stork. 

Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham, said: “Unite’s Stork members, those who were covered by the offer, resoundingly rejected it since it represents a real terms wage cut. Our members are prepared to fight on because let’s not forget Stork is a profitable company and can well afford to fund a better offer. We will support our members all the way in their fight for better jobs, pay and conditions in the offshore sector.”

The wage offer was only made to those working offshore, and excluded those on the Apache and Anasuria offshore units. Unite will update on any forthcoming strike action in due course. In March, Unite confirmed that Stork members voted by yes to strike action by 98 per cent. 

Stork Technical Services UK Limited recorded a profit of £2.5m in 2021 in its last full accounts. 

Vic Fraser, Unite industrial officer, added:Unite’s members have overwhelmingly rejected the latest wage offer. This was in no small part due to the fact that the offer did not even cover all of Stork’s offshore workers.

We will be meeting with our reps to discuss the next steps. It’s hugely disappointing that Stork could not make our members a fair offer before the busy offshore shut down season starts on the platforms and vessels.

Those working on the Apache and Anasuria units were not made any wage offer by Stork. We fear that this situation could result in a mass exodus of experienced staff from these units unless a wage offer includes all Stork workers.”