COTA Consultative Ballot – 30th Nov to 4th Dec 2015

Vote YES to secure better terms and conditions

The joint Unite/RMT negotiating committee is recommending that Unite members vote YES in the upcoming consultative ballot. This recommendation is endorsed by COTA Unite shop stewards who discussed the issue at recent COTA branch meetings.

The decision taken by the COTA companies to withdraw the second year pay award and additional allowances was rightly condemned by Unite COTA members. Your anger over this decision was shown in the Industrial Action ballot result.

As a result of your willingness to stand up together and the fact you are prepared to take action has forced the COTA companies to come back with a revised offer. The offer although not having a percentage pay increase on salary this year does however mean significant increases in uplifts and more importantly protects and enhances terms and conditions. The vast amount of feedback received from COTA Unite members focused on your concerns over terms and conditions not just for today but for the future. This offer protects and enhances these terms and conditions until the end of the current two year cycle. The estimated monetary value to individuals is based at 0.5% but that value may increase depending on the circumstances of individuals and how they are affected :

  • Increase the offshore delay from £40 to £75

This will benefit all Unite COTA members as you will now be compensated more fairly with other parts of the industry. This is an important and welcome addition during seasonal conditions.

  • Introduce a minimum payment for those who undertake training for emergency duties out of their normal working hours of 3 hours at overtime rate.

We have heard of workers being asked to do training outside of working hours and at musters. We know our COTA members take their emergency duties seriously and this enhancement should ensure you are properly rewarded for undertaking these roles and the training needed to keep offshore workers safe.

  • Amend clause 27 of the agreement so that Shetland payment will now be made in the events of delays on route to the point of departure no matter where they occur.

This is a welcome addition to your terms and condition. Clause 27 meant that the Shetland payment only applied to the overnight delays on the way home when in Shetland. The proposed change will mean the payment is implemented on overnight delays while in transit to your point of return anywhere your flight may be diverted to i.e. Kirkwall or Norway.

All payments that you would have been entitled to with these changes will be backdated to the 1st September if members vote to accept the offer.

The decision to accept or reject this offer as always within Unite is now in the hands of our members. However you may decide to vote it is important that you do take the time to use your vote and encourage your colleagues to do the same. If this offer is rejected we will immediately begin preparing for strike action. Whatever the outcome of the ballot we would expect all Unite members to stand by that democratic decision so it is important you have your say and cast your vote.

The telephone consultative ballot will commence on Monday 30th November at 9:00am and close on Friday 4th December at 12:00 noon.

The phone lines will be open from 09:00am till 5:00pm on Monday to Thursday and 09:00am till 12:00 noon on Friday.

To register your vote call one of the following numbers :

07949 890 164

07949 890 175

07949 890 290

Campaigning works and action get results

No one should underestimate what Unite COTA members have achieved during this period. Under fierce anti-union attacks from companies making millions in profits and repeated scare stories of putting the future of the North Sea under threat, you have stood up as Unite members and won a significant victory. The campaign you have assisted with and the action you have been willing to take is what has secured your existing terms and condition and won improvements. Never has it been so important to be part of Unite offshore.

Together, we will face future battles with offshore employers. Their use of significantly increasing numbers and exploitation of ad-hoc workers must be challenged as does the cavalier approach to redundancy and avoiding redundancy measures.

We will also be starting preparations for the talks on future pay. We are now in a much stronger position because of your backing and willingness to take action.

For these reasons we are asking you to vote YES in the consultative ballot. If you accept these proposals we go into the next round of talks stronger and united.

Vote YES in the Consultative ballot and encourage your colleagues to do the same


John Boland

Regional Officer

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Unite gives evidence to Scottish Parliament on the future of oil and gas in the North Sea

Please see the link below to watch Unite give evidence to the Scottish Parliament – Economy, Energy and Tourism committee on the future of oil and gas in the North Sea.


Unite /GMB /OCA & ACAS Working Party Update 25 Nov 2015

New Revised Proposals from talks with the OCA companies brokered by ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), an independent organisation.

Constructive talks facilitated by ACAS involving Unite, GMB and the OCA companies have now concluded.

A detailed briefing and consultative ballot of this new offer brokered by the independent industrial relations body , ACAS , will be sent to all our OCA unite members in early December.

As always the decision on these proposals is for you, the members to decide.

We will keep you updated on progress throughout this period.

Please ensure that you have your membership details up to date with Unite to be industrial action ballot ready please e-mail the following details to

Membership  number :

Full Name :


Job Title:


E mail address :


Mobile contact number :


Contract of employment :

  • Ad-Hoc
  • Full time  permanent 
  • Full time  Field worker 
  • Self employed /Limited company
  • Agency 
Name of  Rig/Installation:
If  more than one ____________________________________



Unite says offshore impositions must end in order to build a safe recovery

Unite says offshore impositions must end in order to build a safe recovery

24 November 2015

Representatives of Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, will tell the Scottish parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism committee that imposed cuts to jobs, terms and conditions across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) must end if the industry is to have a safe and sustainable future.

A joint offshore trade union delegation will submit evidence to the ‘Future Prospects for Oil and Gas’ session tomorrow morning (Wednesday 25 November) where the full impact of the crisis on workers’ livelihoods and rights will be relayed to the committee’s MSPs.

Since the turn of the year at least 65,000 jobs across the oil and gas sector and related industries have been lost as a result of the slump in global oil price, while working time has been increased  to ‘three on, three off’ along with pay cuts of up to 10 per cent.

Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “For the ordinary worker the story of the crisis has been an industry-driven juggernaut of impositions that’s decimated jobs, skills and hard fought terms and conditions. It’s been an extraordinary year.

“In recent weeks we have seen a welcome and necessary thaw from some employers but much of the damage has already been done and we are deeply concerned about the extent of the occupational safety and skills gaps this crisis has created.

“The shockwaves of the downturn have also led to significant jobs cuts in our manufacturing, hospitality, retail and service sectors, particularly in the Grampian region where oil and gas is the focal point of the local economy.

“We have to come together now – government, industry and unions – to ensure that employment rights are respected and decent employment relations are the rule rather than the exception so we can build a recovery that is safe and sustained.”


For further information please contact Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell (in attendance at the Scottish Parliament) on 07810 157920 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.

  • 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.

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What does 3 and 3 mean to me? Unite’s Offshore Workers Survey

The working party which has been established between trade unions, industry representatives and ACAS met on 12/11 to assess the full impact of the imposition of 3:3 on our members. This working party is committed to looking at the 3:3 rotation prior to a formal independent review which will be carried out in summer 2016. The conclusions of the working party will be subject to consultation by the trade unions with the workforce to close by 5th January 2016.

The working party is collating information regarding the shift rota changes and this process will continue over the next 7 to ten days. Unite  are opening a short survey to all members to gauge the impact of 3:3 working patterns on pay, H&S, holidays and work- life balance.

All Unite OCA members who are currently working on a 3:3 rota will receive an email with a link to the survey. It’s crucial that as many Unite members as possible take part in this process for the Unite representatives on the working party to have a truly accurate reflection of the opinions of unite members.

Please participate in the Unite survey on 3:3 so we can put forward evidence about the 3-on working pattern and try to find alternative solutions to the current situation. If Unite does not have your current email address please get in touch with us at

Choose at least one of the following surveys to make your voice heard.


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