Unite has welcomed a fresh offer from the Catering Offshore Trade Association (COTA) employers that could avert industrial action and end a long-standing pay dispute.
COTA members, who deliver catering and ancillary services across offshore installations in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), will now be asked to vote on accepting a deal that includes increments to cover, delay and training allowances in addition to a ‘no cuts’ clause for the duration of the current agreement.
A consultative ballot will run from the 30th of November until 12 noon on Friday 4 December.
The previous refusal of the COTA employers to honour the second year of a two-year pay deal prompted an industrial ballot which saw Unite members vote to take the first strikes affecting UK offshore industry in over a generation.
Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Following discussions at the request of the COTA employers, our joint trade union negotiating committee will put this offer to a consultative ballot of our COTA membership with a recommendation to accept.
“We said previously our members are not blind to the challenges facing their industry but that revoking a long-standing agreement through imposition was a dangerous precedent for offshore employment relations.
“After the ballot result supporting industrial action, I am pleased the COTA employers recognised our members’ concerns and decided to pursue a resolution to this dispute through sensible negotiations.”
For further information please contact Unite Regional Officer John Boland on 07918 630435 or Peter Welsh on 07810157931.