Latest Newsletter for Unite offshore members


Please see link to our latest newsletter for Unite offshore members. Included are links to our petition calling for an urgent summit to be held to protect offshore workers and a link to our survey on equal time rotations.

May 2016 newsletter


Maximising economic recovery of oil and gas


Energy and Climate Change Committee

Wednesday 11 May 2016 Meeting started at 9.31am,

  • 09:31:15

    Subject: Maximising economic recovery of oil and gas

  • 09:31:16

    Witnesses: Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil and Gas UK, Tommy Campbell, Regional Industrial Organiser, Unite the Union, Jake Molloy, Regional Organiser, RMT Union, and Nunzia Florio, Communications Director, UK Petroleum Industry Association

  • 10:25:03

    Witnesses: Dr Andy Samuel, Chief Executive, Oil and Gas Authority

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Sign our petition – Politicians must support Oil and Gas workers

Sign our petition – Politicians must support Oil and Gas workers

Unite is urging a summit to be convened of politicians, oil and gas companies and offshore trade unions to find a solution that protects jobs, workers, skills and the long term stability of the UKCS, Oil & Gas sector.  We call on the ministers responsible, Amber Rudd MP,and Fergus Ewing MSP to convene a summit immediately.

Please sign and share this petition as wide as possible. All offshore workers, familys and friends are encouraged to sign the petition.

Taking part in this petition will make a difference.


Industrial Action a Step Closer in North Sea As Unions Reject Wood Group Cuts


Industrial Action a Step Closer in North Sea As Unions Reject Wood Group Cuts

Published in Oil Industry News on Friday, 6 May 2016

Graphic for News Item: Industrial Action a Step Closer in North Sea As Unions Reject Wood Group Cuts

Oil and Gas People has learned that UNITE and GMB representatives met with Wood Group management today to discuss the proposed changes to pay and conditions proposed by the company last month.

The changes involved a number of job and wage cuts to Wood Group employees on Shell platforms in the North Sea. The talks come the day after Wood Group announced a 3-year extension to their Shell contract securing 500 jobs. That contract win seems to have been at the cost of the workforce as Wood Group now plans the 3rd round of Consultations.

Commenting on todays meeting, John Boland of Unite said:

“The unions (Unite and GMB) met today with Wood Group management to discuss their proposal for large scale redundancies, and to cut wages and terms and conditions on the Shell assets (Brent Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Curlew, Gannet, Nelson and Shearwater). We made it very clear that this proposal was not acceptable to our members, and that if implemented would lead to a dispute situation.

“Woodgroup management are now going to discuss their proposal with their client Shell. We expect further meetings next week.”

The meeting comes a day after Wood Group sent a controversial message to all staff warning that they faced disciplinary and/or legal action if they took to social media to vent frustrations about the company. The business bulletin said:

“Over the past few months we have been disappointed to see confidential corporate communications being posted on social media and defamatory comments linked to the company, shared on public forums.

“Communicating on social media or any other public forum to criticise the company is not acceptable and we will consider pursuing disciplinary action. Any employee who makes a defamatory statement about the company, or any of its employees or directors or commits any other malicious act, may also find themselves subject to legal proceedings.”

Reacting to Wood Groups message to staff, John Boland of Unite said:

“It seems that Wood Group are doing everything possible to alienate their own workforce. They are playing a dangerous game with peoples livelihoods that we will fight, using all resources available to us”

Oil and Gas People understands that the Unions will now move towards a ballot for industrial action.

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Offshore Coordinating Group on Puma 225 helicopter tragedy


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Offshore Coordinating Group on Puma 225 helicopter tragedy

May 3rd 2016

Commenting after the Accident Investigation Board press conference in Norway, Tommy Campbell chair of the Offshore Coordinating Group said:

“The Offshore Coordinating Group stands shoulder to shoulder with the Norwegian trade unions in their demand that the Puma 225 helicopter must be grounded until proof of the cause of Friday’s tragic crash has been presented by the Accident Investigation Board.

“Workers in both the Norwegian and UK sectors must have genuine guarantees from regulators before flights in this aircraft can be considered. Statements from manufacturers and operators will not suffice.

“Until such guarantees are forthcoming, workers must not be forced to fly in the Puma 225. We therefore welcome the statement from Step Change in Safety to the effect that workers choosing not to fly must be treated sympathetically. The OCG and its member unions will vigorously defend any worker threatened with disciplinary action for refusing to fly”.



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.


Tommy Campbell, Unite and Chair OCG 07810157920

Jake Molloy, RMT and Vice Chair OCG 07711 359 705

Richard Toomer, BALPA 020 8476 4093