North Sea oil platform shuts down after gas leak A gas leak was detected on Friday morning at Shell’s Brent Charlie platform

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A NORTH Sea oil platform has been shut down following a gas leak.

The gas detection alarm sounded on Friday morning on Shell’s Brent Charlie platform, 115 miles north-east of Shetland.

Shell said all 176 people on board have been accounted for and a total of 31 non-essential workers are being evacuated from the platform as a precaution.

A Shell spokeswoman said: “Following a gas detection alarm, production was shut down and the platform called to muster. The source of the leak has been safely detected and isolated and a full investigation into the cause will be completed.”

The spokeswoman said the leak was discovered on the platform above sea level and there was no impact on the marine environment.

 


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RMT/OILC- SERVES NOTICE OF BALLOT ON OCA FULL MEMBER EMPLOYERS.

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Subject: RMT/OILC- SERVES NOTICE OF BALLOT ON OCA FULL MEMBER EMPLOYERS.

RMT/OILC- SERVES NOTICE OF BALLOT
ON OCA FULL MEMBER EMPLOYERS.
RMT has served notice of ballot on OCA [Full Member] employers as of today Wednesday 17th May 2017. Further details are to follow by a circular to be issued by General Secretary Mick Cash on Thursday 18th May 2017 outlining the timetable for ballot and when ballot papers are to be sent out and when the ballot shall close.
Further details in the circular issued by the General Secretary of who to contact if you do not receive a ballot paper will follow.
I can advise to all OCA [Full Member] employed RMT members that ballot papers have not been sent out yet and to wait for the circular to be issued on Thursday 18th May 2017.
Regards
Mike McCaig
RMT Offshore Energy Branch Secretary

Unite takes action against diesel fumes ‘time bomb’

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Exposure to diesel fumes at work can cause cancer and even kill you! 

Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the Unite diesel exhaust emissions register. Your responses will help us draw up a map to measure the level of diesel fume exposures in workplaces.

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The data that you provide will be stored on a database and may be shared with others, including law firms instructed by Unite. The use of this information will be utilised for the purposes of providing evidence of exposure with employers and Government bodies.

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By completing the form you are not registering a legal claim. If you have suffered significant symptoms caused by exposure to diesel emissions you should contact Unite’s Legal service helpline without delay on 0800 709 007.

All workers have a right to safe working environment
There are detailed regulations in place intended to protect all workers from exposure to dangerous substances (such as diesel exhaust fumes) in the workplace and these are called “The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002” or COSHH for short.

Help inform workers about this important topic 

• Put up one of our posters in your workplace.
• Hand out a flyer to colleagues at work
• Find out more about diesel fume risks on our website.

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Unite takes action against diesel fumes ‘time bomb’

A major new initiative to protect workers from the ticking time bomb caused by exposure to diesel fumes has been launched by Unite, the UK’s largest union.

The union, which represents workers’ rights across the economy, is launching a diesel emissions register so that members can record when they have been exposed to excessive diesel fumes. The information will be used by Unite to report accidents, force employers to clean up their workplaces and could be the basis of future legal claims.

Last week, the government refused to comply with a high court demand to publish tougher draft measurers to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide by Monday 24 April. The government’s original proposals were so poor that the court ruled them to be illegal. On Thursday 27 April, the government lost a further court case and now will be forced to publish its plans.

Unite’s register has initially been trialled across the transport sectors, where the issue is a priority, and has already produced disturbing results with members reporting incidents including: “Many shifts have had dense fog through diesel emissions, staff have coughed, had sore eyes, sore throats” and “I regularly work in a building with diesel fumes from diesel engines”.

Unite’s study revealed that affected workers reported a series of short-term health concerns, including: wheezing (55 per cent), other respiratory problems (55 per cent), eye irritation (45 per cent), lightheadness (36 per cent), chest tightness (36 per cent), headaches (36 per cent), nausea (27 per cent) and heartburn (18 per cent).

Long term problems recorded by Unite members included effects on lung capacity, breathlessness, asthma, being more prone to colds and flu and sinusitis.

Unite already has registers for members who are exposed to asbestos in the workplace or fume events on board aircraft. Unite is currently pursuing 94 legal cases on behalf of cabin crew who have been exposed to toxic fumes on board passenger planes.

Unite assistant general secretary for transport, Diana Holland, said: “Unite is acting to protect our members from the ticking time bomb of being needlessly exposed to poisonous diesel fumes. We cannot take risks with health and safety at work. We are deeply concerned the government is burying its head in the sand and allowing people to become sick and even die due to its inaction.

“In the meantime, where it is clear that employers are ignoring their legal duties, information form the register will be used to force employers who are making our members sick and ill to clean up their acts.

“If it can be proved that the health of workers has been damaged due to exposure to diesel fumes, Unite will consider taking legal action on behalf of our members.”


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GMB Union serves strike action ballot notice Updated: North Sea strikes could be on horizon as bitter pay row continues

GMB serves notice of official OCA ballot

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9th May 2017

GMB has served notice on the offshore contractors association (OCA) informing them that they intend to ballot members for industrial action.

Dave Hulse GMB National Officer said:

“Today GMB has served notice on the offshore contractors association (OCA) informing them that we intend to ballot members for industrial action.

“We have exhausted all procedures to try and reach an agreement including the involvement of Acas.

“Our members have played their part during the past couple of years, seeing thousands of job losses and also pay freezes.

“It’s time the OCA stopped playing games and came back to the table with a genuine commitment to improve the offer.

“Along with our colleagues from other unions our members message is quite clear; enough is enough.”


https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/north-sea/138850/north-sea-strikes-horizon-bitter-pay-row-continues/

Updated: North Sea strikes could be on horizon as bitter pay row continues

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Offshore workers are set to receive ballot papers this week as unions push for official strike action in an ongoing pay dispute with North Sea employers.

A protracted row between Unite and GMB members and North Sea employers, represented by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA), has been rolling on for months.

The OCA represents nine companies including Amec Foster Wheeler, Petrofac and Wood Group PSN.

Unite and GMB want a wage increase for offshore members, along with improved sick pay and paid travel time.

Union chiefs and representatives of the employers have met numerous times to try and resolve the situation.

This included a meeting arbitrated by independent conciliatory body ACAS – but with no resolution.

In March, 81% of Unite members voted to reject the latest deal put forward by the OCA.

Unite move to ballot members last month, with papers due to arrive with members this week.

Dave Hulse GMB National Officer also said the GMB has now served notice on the OCA informing the body of the intention to ballot members for industrial action.

Hulse added: “We have exhausted all procedures to try and reach an agreement including the involvement of ACAS.

“Our members have played their part during the past couple of years, seeing thousands of job losses and also pay freezes.

“It’s time the OCA stopped playing games and came back to the table with a genuine commitment to improve the offer.

“Along with our colleagues from other unions our members message is quite clear; enough is enough.”

However the OCA said it is still willing to implement a 2% increase in basic pay for offshore employees, despite the GMB announcing plans to hold an industrial ballot.

OCA chief executive Paul Atkinson said: “Our offer guarantees that basic pay will be linked to inflation up to 2019 ensuring that wages keep pace with the cost of living.

“We believe that our offer balances the need to reward employees while supporting the requirements of each OCA member company and our collective overarching aim; to ensure job opportunities in the North Sea now and in the long-term.

“We are actively seeking to resolve this dispute and will continue to do all we can to avoid any disruption. Industrial action will only serve to make investment in the North Sea less attractive and jeopardise the long-term future of the industry.”


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Oil worker reported missing from rig in North Sea

 

Oil worker reported missing from rig in North Sea

Rescue helicopter and coastguard are involved in the search for 49-year-old man.

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Noble Lloyd Noble: Search launched at jack-up rig. Statoil

A North Sea oil worker has been reported missing from a rig.

Police have launched a search for the 49-year-old man who had been working on the Noble Lloyd Noble installation.

The alarm was raised around 9.20pm on Tuesday after he could not be located on board the jack-up rig in the Mariner Field, approximately 90 miles east of Shetland.

Emergency services are searching for him, with a rescue helicopter, coastguard and supply vessels for the platform all involved alongside police.

Inspector Steve McEwan said: “An extensive search of the rig itself and the water surrounding it is ongoing, led by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

“This involves the use of a search and rescue helicopter, two standby vessels and a platform supply vessel

“We are working closely with the companies involved and next of kin to keep them informed of any developments.”

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SEARCH CALLED FOR MAN MISSING FROM NORTH SEA RIG

A search mission is underway in the North Sea after a man was reported missing from a rig.

The alarm was raised at around 9.20pm yesterday when the 49-year-old couldn’t be found on board the Noble Lloyd Noble installation.

He had been working on the rig, operated by Statoil, located about 90 miles east of Shetland in the Mariner Field.

Inspector Steve McEwan said: “An extensive search of the rig itself and the water surrounding it is ongoing, led by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

“We are working closely with the companies involved and next of kin to keep them informed of any developments.”

Police Scotland was called following initial searches of the installation.

A coastguard helicopter, two standby vessels and a platform supply vessel are all involved in the operation.

Noble Lloyd Noble is one of the world’s largest jack-up rigs, an installation with long support legs which can lower to the sea floor.

 

COTA: Consultative Ballot Now Open

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Consultative E-Ballot opens on COTA Pay Offer

As you will be aware Union members from both Unite and RMT, working under the COTA agreement, rejected the recent COTA pay offer. The offer would have introduced a minimum overtime payment for carrying out secondary emergency training while off shift, however it did not increase any of the pay rates or other terms and conditions.

The unions wrote to COTA asking them if they were prepared to improve their last offer and COTA have formally notified us that they are not prepared to improve the current offer which our membership have already rejected. COTA stated that they felt it was “reasonable and reflected the current industry climate”. An industrial climate, it should be stressed, that saw the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) offer their members a 2% pay rise on OCA basic rates, an offer which our brothers and sister working under that agreement have already rejected.

Should our membership wish to be balloted for formal industrial action and the return from that ballot give union members the legal mandate to strike, it’s likely that we will be looking at sustained periods of strike action over the coming months and possibly throughout the summer.

The Consultative Ballot is being run via Email. Voting is open from 8th May 2017 to 2nd June 2017 inclusive.

If you have NOT received an e-ballot from opavote.com contact the Aberdeen Office

aberdeenstaff@unitetheunion.org

Or call the Aberdeen Office on 01224 645 271

Are Your Membership Details Up To Date?

We still require an update from some Union members as to their personal details. In particular this includes updates on the following:

  • Employer (which may have changed through TUPE or redundancy).
  • Up to date info on your job title and,
  • Your current work location.

In order to achieve this we are continuing to write or e mail separately to those who we still need these details from.

If you have received a letter or e mail requesting this information then please respond as these details are a legal requirement for a strike ballot.

 

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