Unite Scotland Press Release
For immediate release: Monday 20 March
Unite offshore members vote to reject pay deal
Members of Scotland’s biggest offshore trade union have voted to reject a pay offer.
In a consultative ballot, 81 per cent of Unite members voted to reject the latest deal put forward by their employers, represented by the Offshore Contractors Association.
This is the second pay offer rejected by members. In December, 85 per cent of Unite members voted to reject a previous OCA proposal that would have seen no increase in their pay and no improvement to their terms and conditions.
Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “We have repeatedly warned the OCA employers and other offshore employers that we cannot simply have a race to the bottom, with companies competing with each other to suppress the pay and conditions of offshore workers.
“It’s bad for our members and it’s bad for the local economies that rely on their incomes.
“Those companies who invest in their workers and see them as genuine partners will reap the benefits in the future. Those who don’t will end up lagging behind, and will always face the possibility of industrial action from their workforce.
“We will now consult with our union members and Unite workplace representatives about the way forward, given they now have a mandate for an industrial action ballot following the rejection of the pay offer.”
Unite is seeking a significant wage increase for members, along with improved sick pay and paid travel time to an employer’s onshore base.
Notes to editors
For further information contact Unite Scotland regional officer Tommy Campbell on 07810 157920, or Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the companies represented by the OCA, see their website http://www.ocainternet.com/
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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