The biggest offshore trade union is to push ahead with preparations for an official ballot on industrial action.
Offshore members of Unite the union are in the middle of a dispute over pay and conditions with their employers, represented by the Offshore Contractors Association.
Today (Wed 19 April), representatives of Unite met with the independent conciliation ACAS. Officers from ACAS also met with representatives of the OCA.
After the meeting, Unite confirmed that it will continue with preparations for official industrial action ballots.
In March, 81 per cent of Unite members voted to reject the latest deal put forward by the OCA.
Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “Unite members gave a significant mandate to hold a ballot for strike action in this dispute with the OCA employers. Offshore workers are gearing up to campaign for a Yes vote. It is time for all union members to stand up now, and fight back for better terms and conditions.”
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For further information or comment contact Unite regional officers John Boland on 07918 630435, or Tommy Campbell on 07810 157920.
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.