Equal Time Rotations Survey 2016

Unite continues to gather evidence via our on-line survey on how equal rotations are affecting our members. A review of equal time rotations is part of the OCA agreement and we are encouraging members and offshore workers to complete the survey.

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Unions Unite Against North Sea Job Losses

 

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By MarEx 2016-05-27 20:53:00

Maritime and oil and gas unions affiliated to global federations IndustriAll and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met in Aberdeen last week to begin development of an industrial and political strategy that challenges the replacement of quality jobs with cheap labor in the North Sea.

The group represents workers from Denmark, Norway and U.K., and ITF says that in both the oil-service sector and within the subsea-contractor segment there are still companies that are not covered by collective bargaining agreements, something the North Sea oil and gas supply chain and hubs group intends to address.

In the maritime sector, “social dumping” in the region has expanded through the employment of non-European workers resulting in unfair competition and redundancies for local workers, says ITF.

The oil service, subsea and maritime supply companies situated in the North Sea continental shelves are considered the main targets of the campaign to expose the industry’s part in the “race to the bottom” which has seen the loss of thousands of British, Danish and Norwegian national’s jobs, estimated to be over 50,000.

IndustriALL general secretary Jyrki Raina said: “These companies are over-eager to terminate traditional contracts. The competition to cut costs and reduce working conditions in this region is stark. The sheer level of the cutbacks being made is having a severe impact on health and safety of workers. We’re waiting to hear the outcome of the investigation into the death of a Filipino seafarer who died on Technip owned and managed vessel Deep Energy in Invergordon this month – cases like that are obviously of concern.”

General secretary of the ITF Steve Cotton said: “The Oil and Gas Authority are talking about the desire to retain people and skills in the sector and to retrain and redeploy the workforce, but we need to see real commitment to that in terms of action.”

The meeting also noted Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s annual report on safety on the Norwegian continental shelf. The report states that in 2015, the Authority investigated 10 incidents. The first fatal accident in the petroleum industry since 2009 occurred when the accommodation module of the COSLInnovator semi-submersible drilling rig was hit by a wave. As a result of the accident, one person died and a further four were injured. Also, in 2015, there was a serious gas leak on the Gudrun facility which could have resulted in a major accident.

Towards the end of 2015, another serious incident occurred when a drifting, unmanned barge entered the Norwegian sector. The barge was in the Dutch sector when it broke loose. The facilities in the Valhall field and the Eldfisk field which were at risk of being hit by the barge were shut down and evacuated.

Further meetings of the union groups are planned to progress an industrial and political campaign gathering support from the offshore workforce and political groups in Europe.

offshore workers

By MarEx 2016-05-27 20:53:00

Maritime and oil and gas unions affiliated to global federations IndustriAll and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met in Aberdeen last week to begin development of an industrial and political strategy that challenges the replacement of quality jobs with cheap labor in the North Sea.

The group represents workers from Denmark, Norway and U.K., and ITF says that in both the oil-service sector and within the subsea-contractor segment there are still companies that are not covered by collective bargaining agreements, something the North Sea oil and gas supply chain and hubs group intends to address.

In the maritime sector, “social dumping” in the region has expanded through the employment of non-European workers resulting in unfair competition and redundancies for local workers, says ITF.

The oil service, subsea and maritime supply companies situated in the North Sea continental shelves are considered the main targets of the campaign to expose the industry’s part in the “race to the bottom” which has seen the loss of thousands of British, Danish and Norwegian national’s jobs, estimated to be over 50,000.

IndustriALL general secretary Jyrki Raina said: “These companies are over-eager to terminate traditional contracts. The competition to cut costs and reduce working conditions in this region is stark. The sheer level of the cutbacks being made is having a severe impact on health and safety of workers. We’re waiting to hear the outcome of the investigation into the death of a Filipino seafarer who died on Technip owned and managed vessel Deep Energy in Invergordon this month – cases like that are obviously of concern.”

General secretary of the ITF Steve Cotton said: “The Oil and Gas Authority are talking about the desire to retain people and skills in the sector and to retrain and redeploy the workforce, but we need to see real commitment to that in terms of action.”

The meeting also noted Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s annual report on safety on the Norwegian continental shelf. The report states that in 2015, the Authority investigated 10 incidents. The first fatal accident in the petroleum industry since 2009 occurred when the accommodation module of the COSLInnovator semi-submersible drilling rig was hit by a wave. As a result of the accident, one person died and a further four were injured. Also, in 2015, there was a serious gas leak on the Gudrun facility which could have resulted in a major accident.

Towards the end of 2015, another serious incident occurred when a drifting, unmanned barge entered the Norwegian sector. The barge was in the Dutch sector when it broke loose. The facilities in the Valhall field and the Eldfisk field which were at risk of being hit by the barge were shut down and evacuated.

Further meetings of the union groups are planned to progress an industrial and political campaign gathering support from the offshore workforce and political groups in Europe.

 

Stop North Sea race to the bottom

Stop North Sea race to the bottom

Unite condemns latest Shell jobs cull

Hajera Blagg, Friday, May 27th, 2016

The North Sea oil workforce suffered another blow this week (May 25) after Shell announced it would cut 475 jobs in the UK and Ireland.The latest announcement is part of a wider raft of Shell job losses worldwide, totalling more than 2,000. 

In the last two years alone, Shell has now shed in total more than 1,000 jobs in the UK and Ireland, in what it says is a response to the downturn in the price of oil.

 

The latest jobs cull also comes in the wake of the oil giant’s £36bn merger with oil and gas exploration group BG.

 

Shell vice president for UK and Ireland Paul Goodfellow blamed the price of oil for the job cuts, saying that market conditions “remained challenging” and that the company had to operate in an environment in which oil prices would be “lower for longer”.

 

But Unite has hit out against this logic, arguing that the cuts are instead part of oil companies’ race to the bottom on terms and conditions which will decimate the viability of the North Sea oil industry in the future.

 

“Unite does not accept that the job losses reported are a direct consequence of market conditions,” said Unite’s John Boland. “There is a real attempt to use this as an opportunity to cut jobs and attack workers’ pay and working conditions.

 

“We will not allow this attempt at smoke and mirrors to detract from what is, in actual fact, a race to the bottom on costs, but with the added risk of another health and safety catastrophe,” he added.

 

“We have very real fears that Shell cannot continue to operate safely offshore if it keep shedding the workers tasked with ensuring our oil industry is safe and sustainable.”

 

Shell’s job losses are only the tip of the iceberg – the North Sea workforce has been decimated over the last year, with 150 jobs going every day since the downturn in the price of oil, bringing the total number of offshore job losses to an astounding 65,000.

 

Summit call

The latest announcement from Shell further underscores Unite’s call for the governments in Edinburgh and at Westminster to do more to save this vital industry beginning by convening a cross-sector oil and gas summit to plan for the industry’s survival and growth.

 

As UNITElive reported earlier this year, Unite, joined the RMT, the GMB, Balpa, and Nautilus in a Scottish TUC-coordinated press conference to speak as one voice representing hundreds of thousands of oil workers.

 

“The Oil and Gas Confederation (OGC), of which we are members, has called time and again for an oil and gas sector summit to be convened urgently,” Boland noted.

 

“So far the call has fallen on deaf ears but both the Scottish and Westminster governments must wake up to what is happening to this vital sector,” he added. “They cannot stand-by while a vital industry’s demise takes place on their watch.”

 

Skills drain

Unite has criticised the offshore oil and gas companies for using the downturn to impose of regressive working practices across the North Sea. The industry moved quickly to cut pay and holiday entitlement with proper consultation following a sharp drop in the price of oil.

 

“Oil companies must drop the attrition strategy – stop cutting jobs and attacking workers’ terms and conditions,” Boland added. “It is time to take stock because this industry is heading to a situation whereby it will have lost the very skilled and experienced workers it will need to deal with the upturn.

 

Boland’s point was also made earlier this year by industry certification body DNV GL, which in its annual report, warned against short-term, knee-jerk cuts.

 

“As an industry, we have taken quick, cost-cutting action, which has been particularly apparent through a raft of major job cuts over the past 12 months, and further short-term measures are expected, despite concerns over the skills drain,” said DNV GL oil and gas regional director for the UK Hari Vamadevan upon the release of the report.

 

Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell concurred.

 

“The skills drain is a huge concern,” he said. “I work with scaffolders and they’re certified to work specifically in oil and gas. When they lose their jobs, maybe they’ll find work on the mainland and eventually their certification runs out. They may never return, and with them will go all those valuable skills that the industry needs.”

 

 

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Statement by Wood Group workers on the Shell contracts in the Brent and Central Fields

 

Statement by Wood Group workers on the Shell contracts in the Brent and Central Fields

We have already given a lot of ground because we understand that with a low oil price the companies had to make changes to maintain profitability. 

Very few if any of us wanted to go to a 3 week work cycle but we did reluctantly because we are reasonable.

A level 2 Maintenance Tech now earns 6.9% less per offshore day due to the changes to holiday pay which we accepted because we are reasonable.

A Level 2 Maintenance Tech earns 24.7% less per training day which we accepted because we are reasonable.

This is on top of cuts to sick pay, health cover, additional day rates, etc.

We all have less time at home now and are compensated less for each day. To willingly give any more ground is not an option to the guys on here.

What Wood Group have suggested would mean a 30% pay cut to the worst affected without taking in to account further cuts to sick pay and training rates etc. This is not reasonable!

Nobody here wants to lose their job or to take industrial action but we need to make it known that we are willing to take this stand if pushed.

We feel the pressure is on us now for the benefit of the North Sea as a whole not to roll over again. If Wood Group gets away with imposing more big changes here the rest of the industry will no doubt follow suit, 

This is our only opportunity to stay strong and say no, not just for us but for the whole of the North Sea!

Unite members have gone into dispute with Wood Group to protect their Terms & Conditions and they are prepared to take Industrial Action if these proposed cuts are not withdrawn.

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North Sea workers go into dispute

North Sea workers go into dispute amid “worry and frustration” over cuts of 30 per cent to pay, terms and conditions

27 May 2016

Strike action on North Sea oil platforms moved a step closer today as talks over pay, proposed cuts and changes to working conditions by the Wood Group broke down.

Wood Group is proposing pay cuts of up to 22%, though once cuts to other allowances are added this rises to a 30% cut.

Unite, the leading union for offshore workers, said it will now prepare to ballot several hundred members working for Wood Group on eight of Shell’s North Sea oil and gas platforms.

The dispute – raised under the OCA (Offshore Contractors’ Association) agreement – was confirmed after union representatives met Wood Group management today (Friday 27 May).

The proposed pay cut comes on top of cuts to holiday pay and training rates, while recent changes have also seen workers move to a three-week working cycle. Also a level 2 Maintenance Technician now earns 6.9 per cent less per offshore day due to the changes to holiday pay.

Having been unable to convince the employers to think again on the implications of the intended cutbacks, Unite members through their shop stewards have now formally rejected the new proposals put to them today.

In recent months union leaders have raised concerns over continuing reductions in the workforce coupled with more demanding shift patterns in a notoriously dangerous industry.

Unite has accused bosses of opportunistic cuts to pay, and terms and conditions which make it impossible for rigorous health and safety standards to be maintained industry-wide.

John Boland Unite regional officer said: “Our members are simply not being heard by Wood Group. They are deeply worried and frustrated and feel that they have no other option now but to consider strike action.

“Nobody here wants to take industrial action but Wood Group is being unreasonable – pay cuts of up to 30 per cent are totally unjustified and we won’t stand for it.

“Our members have already given a lot of ground because we understand that with a low oil price the companies had to make changes to maintain profitability.

“For the benefit of the North Sea as a whole we must not to roll over again. This is our only opportunity to stay strong and say no, not just for us but for the whole of the North Sea.

“We have done our best to find a negotiated way forward through discussion. We well understand the pressures the sector is under, but workers are being stretched beyond the limit in what is one of the most dangerous working environments on the planet.

“Unite will defend and protect our members every step of the way. Sadly, we are being forced to raise a dispute and proceed to a ballot on industrial action because members have simply had enough of not being listened to.

“There is real despair in the workforce and a feeling that employers are responding to the current downturn by slashing terms and conditions.

“Wood Group has failed to listen and failed to address these concerns. However, there is still time for them to think again and get back round the table with us so we can find a solution.”

Unite Scotland has been calling on the industry to redouble its efforts to tackle its challenges by properly engaging with workers and their trade unions, through a summit involving all stakeholders.

ENDS

For more information please contact: Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 or Unite regional officer John Boland, on 07918 630 435.

Notes to editors:

In March nearly 95 per cent of union members voted in a consultative ballot in favour of proceeding to an industrial action ballot.

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.

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No time to waste to save Scotland’s offshore industry

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No time to waste to save Scotland’s offshore industry as another 475 jobs cut

25 May 2016

Unite, Scotland’s biggest union, has warned today (Wednesday 25 May) that if the current rate of jobs attrition in the oil and gas sector continues, with 150 jobs going every day since the barrel price downturn, there will be no viable North Sea oil industry within a decade.

The warning came as Shell Oil cut another 475 jobs in a move that the union described as part of an industry-wide strategy to drive down terms and conditions under the cover of the oil price drop.

Unite Scotland also restated its call for the governments in Edinburgh and at Westminster to do more to save this vital industry beginning by convening a cross-sector oil and gas summit to plan for the industry’s survival and growth.

The union urged Shell Oil to halt its jobs cull, which continued today with the announcement that a further 2200 jobs will be lost worldwide, 475 of them in the UK and Ireland.

Shell has announced 12,000 jobs losses in the last 18 months leading to concerns over manning levels, worker morale and health and safety.

Unite’s John Boland said: “We have very real fears that Shell cannot continue to operate safely offshore if it keep shedding the workers tasked with ensuring our oil industry is safe and sustainable.

“The Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG), of which we are members, has called time and again for an oil and gas sector summit to be convened urgently.  So far the call has fallen on deaf ears but both the Scottish and Westminster governments must wake up to what is happening to this vital sector. They cannot stand-by while a vital industry’s demise takes place on their watch.”

Unite has criticised the offshore oil and gas companies for using the downturn to impose of regressive working practices across the North Sea. The industry moved quickly to cut pay and holiday entitlement with proper consultation following a sharp drop in the price of oil. More than 65,000 offshore jobs have been lost since oil prices began to fall almost two years ago – a rate of 150 jobs lost per day.

John Boland continued:  “Oil companies must drop the attrition strategy – stop cutting jobs and attacking workers’ terms and conditions.  It is time to take stock because this industry is heading to a situation whereby it will have lost the very skilled and experienced workers it will need to deal with the upturn.

“Unite does not accept that the job losses reported are a direct consequence of market conditions. There is a real attempt to use this as an opportunity to cut jobs and attack workers’ pay and working conditions.

“We will not allow this attempt at smoke and mirrors to detract from what is, in actual fact, a race to the bottom on costs, but with the added risk of another health and safety catastrophe.”

ENDS
For further information please contact Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.

Twitter: @unitescotland and @unitetheunion
Facebook: unitetheunion1

Notes to editors

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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Offshore Coordinating Group responds to news of Shell job losses

 

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Offshore Coordinating Group responds to news of Shell job losses

May 25th 2016

Responding to Shell’s announcement of a further 475 job losses in the North Sea, Tommy Campbell, chair of the Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) said,

“This is a devastating blow to the workers directly affected but continuing job losses also threaten the ongoing viability of the UKCS. It isn’t feasible to maintain an effective strip safety regime while capacity is stripped from the basin. The ability of the industry to respond to a sustained upturn in the oil price is also jeopardised by the short term thinking Shell has again demonstrated today.

“The OCG once again calls on Government at all levels to organise an industry summit with unions, employers and regulators to discuss a more enlightened response to the current crisis in the North Sea”

ENDS

Notes

The OCG was recently established to coordinate trade union policy and campaigns in the oil and gas sector. The following unions are members of the OCG: Unite, RMT, GMB, BALPA and Nautilus International.

For further information contact

John Boland, Unite  Regional Officer  : 01224 645 271

Jake Molloy, RMT and Vice Chair OCG  :07711 359 705