Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) motions from trade unions on the offshore Oil & Gas Sector

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http://www.stuc.org.uk/events/9/stuc-120th-annual-congress

 

7. OFFSHORE INDUSTRY

“at this Congress is concerned that the safety of workers in the North Sea oil and gas industry is subject to unacceptable pressure from the current UK Government policy of ‘maximising economic recovery of resources’. “Congress notes that the entire fleet of Super Puma EC225 and AS332 L2s remain grounded across the North Sea, following the fatal incident off the Norwegian coast on 29 April 2016, in which all 13 crew and passengers were killed, including Iain Stuart from Aberdeenshire.“Congress further notes that Sikorsky issued an unprecedented global recall of its S92 fleet in December, including the S92 involved in a non-fatal incident on the West Franklin platform in the same month. “Congress also believes that a shortage of helicopters impedes the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) ability to discharge its statutory duties as “Congress further notes that Sikorsky issued an unprecedented global recall of its S92 fleet in December, including the S92 involved in a non-fatal incident on the West Franklin platform in the same month. “Congress also believes that a shortage of helicopters impedes the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) ability to discharge its statutory duties as

“Congress further notes that Sikorsky issued an unprecedented global recall of its S92 fleet in December, including the S92 involved in a non-fatal incident on the West Franklin platform in the same month. “Congress also believes that a shortage of helicopters impedes the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) ability to discharge its statutory duties as “Congress further notes that Sikorsky issued an unprecedented global recall of its S92 fleet in December, including the S92 involved in a non-fatal incident on the West Franklin platform in the same month. “Congress also believes that a shortage of helicopters impedes the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) ability to discharge its statutory duties as

“at this Congress is concerned that the safety of workers in the North Sea oil and gas industry is subject to unacceptable pressure from the current UK Government policy of ‘maximising economic recovery of resources’. “Congress notes that the entire fleet of Super Puma EC225 and AS332 L2s remain grounded across the North Sea, following the fatal incident off the Norwegian coast on 29 April 2016, in which all 13 crew and passengers were killed, including Iain Stuart from Aberdeenshire. “Congress further notes that Sikorsky issued an unprecedented global recall of its S92 fleet in December, including the S92 involved in a non-fatal incident on the West Franklin platform in the same month. “Congress also believes that a shortage of helicopters impedes the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) ability to discharge its statutory duties as “Congress further notes that Sikorsky issued an unprecedented global recall of its S92 fleet in December, including the S92 involved in a non-fatal incident on the West Franklin platform in the same month. “Congress also believes that a shortage of helicopters impedes the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) ability to discharge its statutory duties as

“Congress further notes that Sikorsky issued an unprecedented global recall of its S92 fleet in December, including the S92 involved in a non-fatal incident on the West Franklin platform in the same month. “Congress also believes that a shortage of helicopters impedes the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) ability to discharge its statutory duties as “Congress further notes that Sikorsky issued an unprecedented global recall of its S92 fleet in December, including the S92 involved in a non-fatal incident on the West Franklin platform in the same month. “Congress also believes that a shortage of helicopters impedes the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) ability to discharge its statutory duties as regulator of offshore safety. “Congress also condemns that over 120,000 jobs have been lost in the oil and gas industry in the last two years, whilst the three weeks-on, three weeks-off rota was imposed on offshore workers and is now the most common shift  pattern. Congress further notes with concern that despite decommissioning activity expected to start growing significantly from 2017, there is still only one emergency towing vessel, based on the Orkney Islands. “Congress calls on Scottish MPs to campaign for the UK Government to require the HSE to conduct unannounced inspections of operational infrastructure and an analysis of the occupational health impacts of the three

Congress further notes with concern that despite decommissioning activity expected to start growing significantly from 2017, there is still only one emergency towing vessel, based on the Orkney Islands. “Congress calls on Scottish MPs to campaign for the UK Government to require the HSE to conduct unannounced inspections of operational infrastructure and an analysis of the occupational health impacts of the three weeks-on, three weeks-off rota on offshore oil and gas workers.”

Mover: National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers

 

8. OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS “at this Congress welcomes the work carried out by the Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) of unions to defend members’ interests in the wake of the drastic decline in the North Sea oil and gas industry. Congress urges the STUC to extend its support to the OCG unions, as they continue to resist the assault on pay, working conditions, and employment and training. “Congress also calls for a further campaign to secure a more coherent government policy to protect the UK offshore sector from unfair foreign competition and to develop a structured transition plan to maximise employment opportunities in decommissioning work. “Congress also condemns the failure to use a UK- flagged and UK-crewed offshore support vessel for the northern Scotland emergency towing vessel contract, and believes this is sadly symptomatic of the current lack of policies to promote domestic skills and resources.”

Mover: Nautilus International

 

Amendment 2nd para, at end, delete “full stop”, and insert: “alongside support, including through public stake investments, to maximise continuity of employment in the North Sea with the extraction of remaining oil and gas resources”.

 

Mover: Unite the Union


Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG)

http://www.offshoreworkers.org.uk/

The Offshore Coordinating Group of offshore unions (UNITE, RMT, GMB, Nautilus International and BALPA) was launched in February 2016.

The aims and objectives of the Group are to:

• Co-ordinate the recruitment and organisation of all employees in the offshore oil and gas industries and thereafter to seek recognition on their behalf.

• Campaign to improve both the quality and security of employment in the offshore sector and the health, safety and wellbeing of all offshore workers.

• Organise and pursue effective campaigns on issues identified by the Group in the interests of the offshore workforce.

• Organise and articulate the collective trade union voice in strategic discussions with Government at all levels, regulators and employer organisations.

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OCG Fringe meeting at the STUC Congress

SCOTTISH TRADES UNION CONGRESS (STUC)

120th Annual STUC Congress Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 April 2017 STUC Fringe Meeting ran by Offshore Co-ordinating Group Meeting the Offshore Challenge‟

“Meeting the Offshore Challenge‟

Giovanni‟s Restaurant, Morlich Hotel, Macdonald Aviemore Resort Monday 24th April 12.30 – 2.00pm


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