Unite OCA members – have you voted yet?

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OCA Newsletter 21 12 questions


Unite Letter to OCA members

Please see below a copy of the full letter sent to all Unite OCA members from Tony Burke, Unite Assistant general secretary and Pat Rafferty, Unite Scotland Regional Secretary.

This letter details the outcome of talks between ACAS, Unite and the OCA and includes details of  Unites recommendation to its members to accept the improved offer.



OCA Working Party Update – Unite consultative ballot Mon 07 Dec 2015 – Noon Fri 08 Jan 2016


The 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, is being posted to all our OCA unite members this week.

The new offer is being recommended by Unite offshore workplace reps and  Unite regional officers

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

The consultative ballot will be conducted electronically and this will ensure that our members working offshore during the ballot period will have the opportunity to have their say.

The consultative ballot:

Open: Monday 07 December 2015 – Closes: Noon Friday 08 January 2016

You will receive pack at your home address and this will include information on how to access the secure electronic ballot.

All information relating the ballot will be included in your information packs.

If you do not receive a pack by the Mon 14 December, then please contact the Aberdeen, Unite office on 01224 645 271.

Please make other Unite members on your installation/workplace aware of this information.

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Unite Press release on the COTA ballot result

Unite Press Release

For immediate use:  Friday 4 December 2015

Unite calls for end to offshore impositions as caterers accept improved offer to avert strikes

Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, has said today (Friday 4 December) that the decision of its members in the Catering Offshore Trade Association (COTA) agreement to accept an improved pay offer should end the industry-led  imposition of cuts to workers terms and conditions.

Following a consultative ballot, COTA members who deliver catering and ancillary services across installations in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), accepted a deal offering increased increments to cover, delay and training payments and a ‘no cuts’ clause for the remainder of the existing agreement.

It brings to an end nearly one year of stalemate after COTA employers previously revoked the second-year of a two year pay deal, threatening the first offshore industrial action in a generation.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Although deeply frustrated at the length of time it has taken to get to this point we are pleased the COTA employers recognised our members’ justifiable concerns and finally pursued a resolution through proper negotiations.

“We have consistently said that our members are not blind to the challenges facing their industry but that revoking long-standing collective agreements through imposition was a dangerous precedent for offshore employment relations.

 “This should undoubtedly serve as a lesson to the rest of the industry that impositions are entirely wrong and that we have to come together now – government, industry and trade unions – to ensure employment rights are respected and proper employment relations are the rule rather than the exception.

“This is the only way we can build a safe and sustained recovery for the UK offshore sector.”


For further information please contact Unite Regional Officer John Boland on 07918 630435 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.


Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1 Web: unitetheunion.org  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.