KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

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Employment Law is clear:

You have the statutory right to:

  • to join a trade union

Your employer isn’t allowed to:

  • offer you a benefit to leave a trade union
  • threaten to treat you unfairly if you don’t leave a trade union
  • Refuse to employ you for trade union membership reasons

An employer or employment agency isn’t allowed to insist that you:

  • join or leave a trade union
  • leave one trade union for another

Your employer isn’t allowed to dismiss you or choose you for redundancy because you:

  • are or want to be a trade union member
  • took part or wanted to take part in trade union activities

Unite has a proud record of defending those who suffer victimisation for being union members. We always make it clear to all employers that Unite will not tolerate victimisation of our members and we will respond robustly to any further intimidations of Unite members.

If you witness or are the victim of discrimination for being a Unite member please get in touch with us by emailing offshoreunite@gmail.com and one of our organisers will arrange to contact you.

 

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Can you help Unite grow offshore?

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Can you help Unite grow stronger offshore?

Unite the Union’s campaigning work on offshore issues has seen a significant increase in Unite membership offshore.

This clearly indicates that our engagement and strategy is welcome by workers in the offshore industry.

As we move our action forward and look to escalate to a lawful industrial action ballot it is vital that we continue to build that membership.

We are asking all Unite members to speak to their friends and colleagues offshore who are not members of Unite and ask them to join.

A link is posted below to our on-line joining system and we are happy to speak to individual members who want to assist in this.

Many workers will not be in Unite simply because they have not been asked to join. If you know someone who you think is interested in joining then explain to them why you joined and remember the more members a union has, the stronger its voice will be as we move forward.

Please email offshoreunite@gmail.com if you wish to help Unite grow offshore.

http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/joinunite/

Are you interested in becoming more active within Unite?

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Are you interested in becoming more active within Unite?

Through our consultation period and preparations for ballot we have engaged with over a thousand Unite members.

The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and its clear that support for Unite’s campaigning work continues.

Unite wants to expand that support by asking our members offshore to become more active.

Would you be willing to become a Unite point of contact on your rig?

Would you consider becoming a Unite shop steward on your rig?

Would you be willing to distribute material for Unite to your friends and colleagues?

Could you help us make sure our information about rigs and fields is up to date?

If the answer to any of these is Yes then please contact us via your personal email address (non work) and preferably when you are on shore and not connected to your employers data services or call us from your mobile on 0141 375  7065 and leave a voicemail and one of our organising team will get back to you.

email : offshoreunite@gmail.com

Full training and support will always be available to anyone wishing to become more active.

Press Release from Unite The Union

Deadline set for offshore caterers pay negotiations

04 June 2015

Offshore trade unions have set a deadline of Friday 19 June for employers in the Caterers Offshore Trade Association (COTA) agreement to return to negotiations over a pay deal for 2015/16.

COTA employers informed unions in April that commercial pressures imposed by major client companies in the UK oil and gas industry meant that the second year of a two year pay deal, worth around 2 per cent, would not be honoured.

The COTA agreement sets-out the terms and conditions of over 3,000 catering and auxiliary staff working across six employers in the UK offshore industry – Aramak, Entier, ESS, FOSS & ESG, Sodexho and Trinity International Services.

Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty said, “The joint trade unions in the COTA agreement notified employers late yesterday that we will now begin preparations for an industrial action ballot of our members. 

“After withdrawing the second year increase in April, COTA employers have refused to enter into meaningful discussion over reversing this decision and it is an imposition we are simply not prepared to accept. 

“The industry has endured a difficult start to 2015 but with oil prices gradually increasing and with a £1.3 billion tax cut for the industry delivered, it’s time for the industry to loosen the squeeze on its hard-working employees. 

“Industrial action is not inevitable and by returning to negotiation ahead of the deadline we are giving COTA employers the opportunity to do the right thing.” 

ENDS

For further information please contact Unite Industrial Officer John Boland on 07729 597874 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.

Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1 Web: unitetheunion.org

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.

COTA members prepare for ballot

COTA members move forward to Industrial Action

On 3rd June 2015, Unite and RMT the recognised Unions within COTA wrote to the companies confirming the intention to move to a lawful industrial action ballot.

The dispute stems from the decision to withdraw the 2015 pay element from a negotiated two year pay deal.

The withdrawal of the second year of the pay deal is poor reward for the hard work and dedication shown by COTA members.

It is all the more galling when the cost of the pay award is put into perspective with COTA company profits.

In 2014 the three largest COTA companies Sodexo, Aramark and Compass made estimated profits of £2.2 billion.

It would take a limited % of these profits to pay the award that is due and had been agreed in good faith.

Unite members have made it clear that they will not accept the removal of the second year of the pay settlement and preparations for a ballot are now at an advanced stage.

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Your rights as Trade Union member                           

Unite has been receiving feed back from some rigs and installations that members  are  being told by some companies that trade unions are banned!

This is an unacceptable position for any individual or company to present as fact. We can only assume that this is a lack of knowledge rather than a deliberate ploy to undermine the legitimate rights of individuals.

Employment Law is clear on this issue :

You have the statutory right to:

join a trade union

Your employer isn’t allowed to:

offer you a benefit to leave a trade union

threaten to treat you unfairly if you don’t leave a trade union

refuse to employ you for trade union membership reasons

An employer or employment agency isn’t allowed to insist that you:

join or leave a trade union

Your employer isn’t allowed to dismiss you or choose you for redundancy because you:

are or want to be a trade union member

took part or wanted to take part in trade union activities

Unite has a proud record of defending those who suffer victimisation for being union members.

If you see any potential discrimination for being a member of a trade union or have experienced this yourself please get in touch with us via the website email offshoreunite@gmail.com and one of our organisers will arrange to contact you.

 

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