Unite the Union – COTA Branch Meetings

Unite COTA branch meetings are being held on the following dates :

Friday 20th November at 10:00am

Friday 27th November at 10:00am

These meetings will be held in the Unite Aberdeen office, 42-44 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5TJ.

This is an important opportunity for Unite COTA members to discuss the latest updates and have your say on the issues.

These meetings are open to all Unite COTA members.

If you wish to attend please contact the Unite Aberdeen office on 01224 645 271.


COTA Wage Offer

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FAO: All UNITE and RMT Offshore Caterers (COTA Grades A to E)

COTA Wage Offer 2015-16 (Grades A to E) UPDATE

Further to a meeting between COTA and the Unions 2/11/15 to address COTA’s withdrawal of the second part (2015/16) of your two year deal in its entirety and just as importantly to discuss our members genuine concerns about any further reductions to existing COTA terms and conditions we write with details of these discussions.

Although COTA have refused to increase basic rates they have now offered to reinstate the following allowances from the second year (2015/16) deal and for these to be back dated to 1st September 2015:

1. Increase the offshore delay from £40 to £75 (0.32%)

2. Introduce a minimum payment for those who undertake training for Emergency duties out with their normal working hours of 3 hours at overtime rate. (0.12%)

3. Amend Clause 27 of the agreement so that the Shetland payment will now be made in the event of delays on route to the point of departure no matter where they occur (0.05%) Total (0.5%)

In response to the second point of concern relating to members existing terms and conditions which both unions will always fight to not only to protect but to improve, COTA have provided written assurance to the Unions that “All terms and conditions of employment for staff under COTA will remain in place until the end of the current COTA year 31/8/16)

For the reasons above and with the support of the Joint Union Shop Stewards Negotiating Committee who are recommending acceptance of this offer both Unions will now hold a consultative phone ballot.

COTA have insisted that this offer is conditional on any industrial action being suspended during a ballot of members so both Unions will apply for an extension of the period in which we can take industrial action.

If this offer is rejected both Unions will immediately serve notice to take industrial action and both unions expect every member to participate in that industrial action irrespective of how or even if they voted.

The consultative phone ballot will be run from Monday 30th November to Friday 4th December 2015 with lines open all day between 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am to 12.00 midday on Friday.

To register your vote phone one of the following mobile numbers:




Please encourage all union members on your unit to cast their vote.


John Boland, Regional Industrial Organiser, Unite the Union                                       Jake Molloy, Regional Organiser, RMT

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COTA Urgent Update

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.

– See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/offshore-industrial-action-postponed-as-fresh-offer-to-be-considered-by-caterers/#sthash.460KBWFy.dpuf