Unite & GMB Unions have rejected a pay and conditions offer by the Offshore Industry Contractors Association(OCA)



Offshore Contractors Association pay offer rejected

Unite & GMB Unions have rejected a pay and conditions offer by Offshore  Industry   Contractors Association.

The Unite and GMB unions said members had “overwhelmingly” rejected proposals by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) following a consultative ballot.

They added they were seeking a meeting with OCA to try to reach a negotiated settlement.

OCA said it remained “committed to doing everything we can to reach an agreement”.

In a statement, the unions said: “Unite and GMB members have overwhelmingly rejected the OCA employers’ pay and conditions proposals.

“In light of a significant mandate from trade union-organised offshore workers to oppose any further cuts in pay, or changes to other terms and conditions, we now are seeking a meeting with the OCA to try and secure a negotiated settlement to unions’ pay and conditions claim.”

‘Constant dialogue’

Responding to the news, OCA chief executive Paul Atkinson said: “We are seeking to reach an agreement that continues to protect employees’ earnings by guaranteeing pay and standards while at the same time ensuring that investors have the confidence they need to do business in the UK Continental shelf.

“Throughout the current negotiations, the OCA has been in constant dialogue with the relevant trade unions in an attempt to reach a mutually acceptable position.

“These negotiations are ongoing and we are committed to doing everything we can to reach an agreement.”

In July, hundreds of North Sea workers went on strike over plans to cut their pay and allowances.

The action was taken by members of the RMT and Unite unions employed by the Wood Group on Shell platforms.

It was the first industrial action of its kind in the offshore oil and gas industry in almost 30 years.



Unite and the GMB unions have been in pay talks with the Offshore Contractors Association(OCA) the pay claim on behalf of Union members was as follows

Joint  GMB/UNITE Pay & Conditions Claim – 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

  The pay and conditions claim on behalf of Unite & GMB members: –

1.     Substantial Wage Increase

2.     Improved Sick Pay

3.     Introduce Paid Travel Time to employers onshore base


August 2016

Unite & GMB Unions Statement


Paul Atkison Chief Exec OCA

We refer to  ongoing talks to consider our reasonable three-point claim and for the employers side to respond to the GMB & UNITE OCA pay and conditions claim for 2016/17.

The OCA employers side counter proposals are an unacceptable  response to our reasonable  three-point claim.

In these circumstances, we now confirm in writing that both GMB and UNITE are declaring a failure to agree and we will both report back to all Union members and  consult with  them on their response to this  unacceptable situation.

Tommy Campbell

Unite Regional Officer

On behalf of GMB and UNITE


04 November 2016

Unite and GMB  members  have been consulted on the  outcome of the pay  negotiations  and have taken part in a consultative ballot and have now  advised  their respective unions  that they overwhelmingly  reject the proposals.

The OCA agreement covers employees in the following companies offshore

Full Members

Associate Members
Of the 68 companies currently in the OCA, 56 are Associates. Please click on an Associate to find out more.

  • Wood Group Industrial Services

    OCA Board of Directors

    Below are details of the OCA’s Executives and Directors.

    Paul Atkinson, chief executive of the OCA,

    • Mr Alan Johnstone | AMEC Foster Wheeler plc
    • Mr Andrew Ferguson | Petrofac Facilities Management
    • Mr Craig Wiggins | Aker Offshore Partner Ltd
    • Mr Erik-Jan Bijvank | Stork Technical Services Ltd
    • Mr John Macdonald | Muehlhan Surface Protection Ltd
    • Mr Michael Hockey | ECIA
    • Mr Mick Herke | BEIS
    • Mr Paul Birch | Wood Group PSN
    • Mr Simon Hicks | Cape plc

Source OCA website



If you work offshore and your  T&Cs are  covered under the OCA agreement Join Unite offshore  now .

If you are a member of Unite and you work offshore please ensure that Unite has up to date and accurate details on your offshore  employment status.

  • Full Name (As on your vantage card)
  •  Union membership Number
  • Full Home Address &  Mobile Contact number
  • E-mail address
  • Current Job Title
  • Current Installation /Ad – Hoc
  • Employer
  • Employment Status  : Core Crew ; Ad-Hoc ; Self Employed ; Agency  : Field worker employed to work where  when required  within an oil field or sector for your employer : Other (Please Advise)

E –  mail  your  up to date details to offshoreunite@gmail.com  or call the Aberdeen Unite office  on 01224 645 271 or contact your Unite offshore workplace  rep/shop steward.

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