Latest Update and Message from COTA Branch

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Ballot papers for COTA members in Sodexo, Aramark, ESS, Trinity and Entier have now been issued. The COTA branch of Unite are recommending a YES vote to both questions on the ballot paper. Iain Mundie, Branch Secretary of the Unite Offshore Catering Branch issued the following message to Unite members taking part in the ballot.

 “Fellow Unite offshore catering members- this is our                                dispute which we have entered into with our employers, triggered by their enforced wage cut. Our employers are withdrawing the second year of the two year agreed pay deal. If we allow this to go ahead unchallenged- then it’s only a matter of time before more of our hard fought terms and conditions will be eroded further.   We are the only people who can stand up and make a difference. We can challenge this withdrawal of our pay offer by using the vote you are entitled to and voting YES YES.  It is your right – so use it.”

By voting Yes to both questions on the ballot you are sending the strongest possible message to your employer that you do not accept their removal of the pay offer. Voting Yes/Yes is the best way to protect the rest of your terms and conditions too. If we make a stand now, and at least send a clear message that this is not acceptable, then it will put us in a stronger position in the future. Vote YES to both questions on the ballot paper to stand up for your rights offshore.


For all those affected by this pay cut, come along to the branch meeting for catering, auxiliary and admin Unite members. Come along to the upcoming COTA Branch Meetings to find out more about the current dispute, to have your say and discuss the issues that matter to you and your colleagues offshore.

Next Branch meetings are 25th September and 9th October, both starting at 10am at the Unite Office,  42-44 KING ST, ABERDEEN AB24 5TJ


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