Members have moved towards lawful industrial action in their dispute with OCA member company Dron and Dickson. Following a recent and well attended union meeting, members demanded a consultative ballot as they seek to stop Dron and Dickson undercutting agreed OCA rates.
Dron and Dickson have claimed that OCA rates don’t apply to them. Unite strongly refutes this and due to the refusal of the company to sit and constructively negotiate with Unite, members are demanding a consultative ballot to demonstrate to their company that they won’t accept these attacks on their pay.
Unite has issued the following advice to members
- Wait until your new contract is issued.
- Request a 1 to 1 consultation with Dron and Dickson. Exercise your right to Unite representation at this meeting.
- Sign your contract under ‘duress’ and submit Unite’s letter of protest to Dron and Dickson, copy to Unite. (ATTACHED BELOW)
- Vote in the consultative ballot taking place this week.
Unite Regional Officer Wullie Wallace said, ‘It’s time for Dron and Dickson to stop the threats, honour the OCA agreement and negotiate with Unite. This is gunboat industrial relations and it has no place in the Oil and Gas industry. Unite will use all industrial and legal means to protect our members Terms and Conditions. ‘
At this time members are invited to stand for election as shop stewards and play an active role in this campaign. For information about becoming a legally recognised shop steward contact Regional Office Wullie Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal letter of Protest full pack
Are you ballot ready?
As Unite moves forward to a lawful industrial action ballot it is vital that we hold the correct personal and workplace details for every Unite member.
The restrictive Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act puts responsibility on Trade Unions to satisfy the statutory requirements. One of which is to provide :
“a list of the categories of employee to which the employees concerned belong, a list of the workplaces at which they work and figures (together with an explanation of how they were arrived at) showing the total number of them in each of the categories listed and the number of them that work at each of the workplaces listed;”
Without up to date information on details and in particular your current employer/rig/workplace any ballot could be open to legal challenge by one of the employers.
This is a hostile tactic used by companies to undermine the democratic wishes of workers.
This is why it is vital as we move forward that every Unite member must ensure that they return the recent letter sent to them in the pre-paid envelope or if you have not received this letter then please email email@example.com and leave your name, address and Unite membership number or alternatively call our voicemail via 0141 375 7065 and one will be posted to you.
Unite will be holding meetings for Unite members working with Dron and Dickson and Woodgroup under TAQA Contacts.
The meetings will take place on Tuesday 2nd June 2015
The meetings will take place in the Unite Aberdeen office, 42-44 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5TJ.
Dron and Dickson members – 17:00
Wood group members on TAQA contracts – 18:00
Please contact the Aberdeen office on 01224 645 271 or email williamc.Wallace@unitetheunion.org to confirm attendance.