Unite the union members who are employees of Aramark, Sodexo, Entier, Compass, ESS and Trinity, who work in the UKCS offshore sector and are under the COTA agreement in pay grades A-E have voted and mandated the union to take strike action and action short of strike.
The ballot results showed a majority voted 54.2% for strike action and 62.7% for action short of strike action. Unite offshore catering branch recommended that members voted Yes for Industrial action and Yes for industrial action up to and including strike action in the legal postal industrial ballot.
They are now recommending that you support any upcoming Industrial action that the branch calls on you to take. Industrial action is a key part of your Unions tactics to help win on pay.
Unite has always left the door open for pay talks to resume and are willing to enter meaningful negotiations to achieve a settlement to your pay dispute. COTA are refusing to open up any dialogue and this could mean that Unite will call on you to support Industrial Action in furtherance of the dispute.
Some members will have questions about taking part in industrial action and below are some answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s). Please ensure that you circulate this document to Unite members on your installation.
This guide covers the technical aspects of taking strike action, and a strike committee comprised of unite members has been formed to look at maximising the tactics in order that we can win the dispute. Unite will be campaigning in the coming weeks to strengthen the union and speak to as many workers in the North Sea as possible about the action.
Taking strike is always a last resort. We’ve been put in this position by the COTA companies unreasonable behaviour. WE’ve always left the door open for them to come back and talk, and this will remain the case up until we strike. By standing together against the removal of a reasonable and negotiated pay deal, we can hope to get the employers back to the table.
These details are currently being discussed and will be communicated in due course.
|What are the next steps?|
|Unite offshore catering branch has set up a Strike committee who will liaise with all Unite reps who work offshore to keep them up to speed and keep communications between the Union and its members clear and debunk any rumours from management and Oil companies
Have a Unite Union point of contact on your rig who will be able to contact the Aberdeen Unite office during any Strike and Industrial action
Ask all non-union members who come under the COTA agreement to join Unite and support you in the strike action
Attend Unite offshore branch meeting: Unite Aberdeen office 44 King Street Aberdeen AB24 5TJ:
· Friday 06 Nov 10 am
· Friday 20 Nov 10 am
· Friday 27 Nov 10 am
Keep up to date with Unite communications:
· Website: www.uniteoffshore2015.org
· Facebook :Unite offshore on Facebook
· Twitter :@UniteOffshore
· COTA Industrial Action Unite news website press release http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-talks-as-offshore-caterers-vote-for-industrial-action/
· ERS Letter on ballot resulthttp://www.unitetheunion.org/uploaded/documents/0152-Cota-ag-res-21101511-24473.pdf
Unite contact: John Boland Regional Officer
Tel – 01224 645 271