Unite the Union says ‘no new talks’ with OCA over rejected pay offer

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Union says ‘no new talks’ with OCA over rejected pay offer

Written by – 12/04/2017 6:00 am

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Offshore trade unions intend to serve North Sea employers with strike ballot notices in the coming weeks with no sign of talks on the horizon, it is understood.

John Boland, regional officer at Unite, said no negotiations had been held with the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) since workers rejected a pay deal last month.

The OCA, which represents nine companies

Amec Foster Wheeler, Petrofac and Wood Group PSN, declined to comment.


If you work offshore and are employed by one of the offshore OCA contracting companies, it is time to join Unite the Union, as we prepare for the the Industrial action ballot all Unite members have been and will be directly contacted by Unite on any updates in the dispute.


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The 28th April is International Workers’ Memorial Day the day each year when workers come together and remember those who have been killed and injured at work.

The slogan for the day is “remember the dead – fight for the living”.

 

http://www.unitetheunion.org/unite-at-work/healthsafety/international-workers-memorial-day/

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Offshore Oil & Gas  Industry sector, is a high hazard high-risk sector  Health & Safety  is the trade union`s no 1 priority  keeping workers safe and  bringing accountability to employers and Industry stakeholders, and government departments


If you are a Unite member and an offshore safety rep, Get Active, Get Organised and recruit more members into your trade union  Unite  Health & Safety courses are open to members.


Sadly, it is all too likely that know someone who has died at work, has been injured in the workplace or is suffering from an occupational disease.

IWMD 2017: An organised workplace is a safe workplace

This year Unite are highlighting the message that an organised workplace is a safe workplace, while also recognising the vital work of Unite safety reps in ensuring that their fellow workers are safe at work.

It has been found that workplaces that have union safety reps and a safety committee have half the major injury rate of companies that don’t have these structures.

Safety reps play an enormously positive role in society. In 2016 research found that safety reps in the UK saved between £219 million to £725 million by reducing lost time caused by injuries and illness.

The role of union safety reps is increasingly vital. Continued government attacks on safety laws, safety regulations and huge cuts to the funding of the Health and Safety Executive mean that unions and their safety reps are increasingly in the frontline of workplace safety. If unions aren’t keeping their workplaces safe then it is unlikely that anyone else will.

Unions make work SAFE: Decent work for all!

Unite has fought hard to secure safe workplaces and with strong organised workplaces we can ensure that such incidents and tragedies do not happen again.

For further information on IWMD please email Health & Safety

Bolton
Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017

Coatbridge
Friday 28 April 12pm
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Heritage Way, Coatbridge ML5 1QD

Cleethorpes
Friday 28 April, 3pm
Pier Gardens, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/unite-at-work/healthsafety/international-workers-memorial-day/#sthash.wAcm6AYg.dpuf

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/unite-at-work/healthsafety/international-workers-memorial-day/#sthash.wAcm6AYg.dpuf

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/unite-at-work/healthsafety/international-workers-memorial-day/default.aspx#sthash.nMafJe9G.dpuf

Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite, “Workers Memorial Day Tree “ – See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/unite-at-work/healthsafety/international-workers-memorial-day/default.aspx#sthash.uLA4Zhyo.dpuf

Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite, “Workers Memorial Day Tree – See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/unite-at-work/healthsafety/international-workers-memorial-day/default.aspx#sthash.uLA4Zhyo.dpuf

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/unite-at-work/healthsafety/international-workers-memorial-day/#sthash.wAcm6AYg.dpuf

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/unite-at-work/healthsafety/international-workers-memorial-day/#sthash.wAcm6AYg.dpuf

Chorley
Workers Memorial Day event, Chorley – Memorial Service
Date – April 28
Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite, “Workers Memorial Day Tree“
Meet – At the Park Gates, Park Road, Chorley at 17:45
Speakers include – Lindsay Hoyle MP, Janet Newsham – Greater Manchester Hazards, Keith Martin – Unite Health & Safety Rep. Father Marsden
Organiser – Steven Turner – Chorley Branch Secretary, steven.turner@unitetheunion.org

Derby
Friday 28 April 2017
8.30am – 8.30pm
Intu Centre level 1, West Mall, Derby DE1 2PL
Interactive 3D artwork to raise awareness of Workplace Hazards. Visitors are encouraged to come along and negotiate workplace hazards to get to a safe place of work. Please take photos and share on social media #safeworkplaces

Gibraltar
Date and Time – Thursday 27 April at 10am
Venue – Alameda Gardens
Speakers – Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar and a representative of Unite the union

Grimsby
Friday 28 April, 1pm
Grounds of the War Memorial, Nunn’s Corner, Grimsby

Hartlepool
Friday 28 April, 12.30pm
Christ Church, Church Square, Hartlepool

Immingham
Friday 28 April, 10am
Grounds of the War Memorial, Pelham Road, Immingham

Leeds
Friday 28 April, 11,30am
St Anne’s Cathedral before walking to Victoria Gardens

Liverpool
Friday 28 April 11:30am
South Piazza of Georges Dock Building, Pier Head Liverpool L3 1DD
Followed at
1pm -2pm
Speeches and seminar at Unite Building, Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool L3 8EF


London
London Building Workers’ statue 
Date – Friday 28 April
Venue – Building Worker Statute at Tower Hill next to the Tower of London
Time: Assemble at 10:30am for an event lasting approximately one hour.
Confirmed speakers: Mary Bousted (general secretary of ATL and TUC president), Gail Cartmail (acting general secretary Unite the union), Gunde Odgaard (general secretary for the Danish building trades), Peter Kavanagh, regional secretary Unite London and Eastern Region. In addition there will be speakers from two safety campaign organisations. Followed by wreath laying and release of black balloons.

Manchester
Friday 28 April 12 noon – 1pm
Lincoln Square, Brazennose Street, Manchester M2 5LN
Orgnaised by joint North West unions, GM Hazards/FACK Rally
Speakers include: Tracey Seward, Families Against Corporate Killers, Debbie Abrahams MP, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions, Andy Burnham MP Labour mayoral candidate.
Music by Claire Mooney
At 1pm hot drinks will be provided at the People’s History Museum

Milton Keynes
Sunday 23rd April assemble 11am-11.30 am event concludes 1pm
Meet in John Lewis car park, Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EP
Five minute walk to MK Rose and accompanied by a brass band
Event will include two minute silence, wreath laying and speeches. Free hot drinks.

Portsmouth
Friday 28 April, 11.45am
Workers’ Memorial, Victoria Park, Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth
Portsmouth Trade Council is organising the event. There will be a minutes silence at noon followed by the laying of flowers and speakers.

Preston
Flag Market , Preston 11:30 am – April 29 2017

Sheffield
Friday 28 April 12 noon
Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield

South Lanarkshire
Friday 28 April
South Lanarkshire Council, Main Headquarters, Armada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA

Sunderland
Friday 28 April, 1pm
Sunderland Civic Centre, Burdon Road SR2 7DN

York
Friday 28 April, 12pm
National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

– See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/unite-at-work/healthsafety/international-workers-memorial-day/#sthash.bI8kdVO2.dpuf


 

28 April 2016

Offshore Coordinating Group publishes new research into offshore safety

The Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG) is today publishing a new report, ‘Safety Critical Offshore Workers in the UK Oil and Gas Sector: Hours, Shifts and Schedules’, commissioned from the Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER), Strathclyde University.

The report draws on current research evidence to consider the implications for health, safety and wellbeing of a change from two weeks offshore, two weeks onshore (2/2) to three weeks offshore/onshore (3/3) working schedules.

The report:

• finds that “the current available evidence does not allow clear conclusions to be drawn about whether working regular three week tours poses significant health and safety risks but…there are suggestions this may indeed be the case”; and,

• identifies a number of areas of health and safety concern that could be ‘particularly problematic’ in a three week tour offshore including fatigue, increased potential of severe accidents, excess overtime, older installations and mid-shift changes in rotation (e.g. switching from day-to-night shift from night-to-day shift).

Speaking on publication of the report, Tommy Campbell, OCG Chair and Unite, said:

“This OCG commissioned this report in response to the widespread concern of the offshore workforce over the imposition of new working patterns and the possible impact on safety and safety culture as a result of the current economic downturn in the North Sea. The report provides a sober and detailed assessment of the potential impact on individual workers and offshore safety regimes of the move towards 3/3 working. Its findings suggest that workers’ concerns are more than justified and that operators must now cease implementation of 3/3 schedules in order that legitimate concerns can be properly addressed by all relevant authorities.

“Government at all levels and regulatory agencies must pressure operators to stop using these potentially dangerous new working patterns and fund additional research into their impact on health, safety and wellbeing”.

Jake Molly, OCG Vice-Chair and RMT said:

“The OCG strongly believes that offshore workers, or indeed workers in any safety critical occupation, should not be forced to work 21 straight days of 12 hours shifts. However too many operators have taken advantage of the turbulence caused by the falling oil price to implement these very work schedules. This report strongly suggests that the industry as a whole needs to urgently address the safety implications of 3/3 working before real damage is done”.

 

 

ENDS

 


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Video: Get a first look inside the Pioneering Spirit as it prepares to help decommission Shell’s Brent field

Video: Get a first look inside the Pioneering Spirit as it prepares to help decommission Shell’s Brent field

https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/north-sea/136304/video-get-first-look-inside-worlds-largest-ship-prepares-help-decommission-shells-brent-field-articleisfree/

Written by – 12/04/2017 7:48 am

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Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is to use the world’s largest vessel to decommission its iconic Brent field in …

Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is to use the world’s largest vessel to decommission its iconic Brent field in the North Sea.

Energy Voice travelled to Rotterdam to get a behind the scenes look at the ship ahead of the record breaking 24,000 ton lift of the Brent Delta topside this summer.

Created as both a heavy lift and a pipeline laying machine, the behemoth ship is nearly 400 metres long and more than 100 metres wide.

Using a state of the art dynamic positioning system and 16 custom built lift beams, it can position a defunct oil platform between its two hulls and jack it up off its legs in a day’s work.

It was created by Allseas, a Swiss based pipeline shipping contractor and cost around $3 billion to make.

As well as its heavy lift capabilities a large structure known as ‘the stinger’ cab be attached to help lower pipeline safely to the seabed.

The aft deck also features a pipeline fabrication factory, where 12metre pipes are welded into sections.

The Pioneering Spirit is captained by Fred Regtop.

It has accommodation for nearly 600 crew as well as boasting some more unusual features such as a ‘karaoke room’.

The hulls displace almost 900,000 tons of water – giving it the edge over longer hulled ships who have tried to claim the ‘world’s biggest ship’ title.

Director hits back at offshore worker blacklisting claims

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The managing director of a scaffolding business who has lost workers to the oil and gas industry has hit back at claims former offshore workers are now being unfairly blacklisted.

BBC Scotland revealed on Monday that an MSP had passed concerns about the practice to the UK government.

One oil worker said companies would not hire him because they believed he would quit if the oil price rose again.

William Dore of MJD and Sons said companies were tired of losing workers.

Mr Dore, managing director of the Irvine-based firm in Ayrshire, told the BBC Scotland news website: “I would imagine the real reason firms are reluctant to employ former offshore workers is because they are sick of employees leaving without providing any notice whatsoever, as soon as an opportunity offshore arises.

“I have been an employer in the construction industry for 34 years. During this time we have lost scores of workers to the oil rigs, many of whom we have spent thousands of pounds training from scratch.

“We cannot deny the right of anyone to increase their earnings, however the way these offshore companies work is unethical.

“They have cherry-picked workers from the mainland for years, with blatant disregard for the companies they were working for.”

‘Home to roost’

He added: “We have had employees leave us in the middle of the day because they have received a call to go offshore; they have been told they need to go immediately or lose the opportunity.

“These practices have had a profound effect on my business over the years; lost clients, profitability, job losses etc.

“I have zero sympathy for the offshore industry. They have vastly overpaid people for years, their issues are mainly self-inflicted, and finally the chickens are coming home to roost.”

North Sea oil platformImage copyrightPA
Image captionThe North Sea industry has seen oil prices drop

Discrimination against former oil and gas workers by employers outside the industry is tantamount to blacklisting, a union earlier said.

John Boland, from Unite, said such treatment of workers needed to be stopped.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin wrote to UK Employment Minister Damian Hinds about the issue and it was passed to Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

‘Highly-skilled’

A BEIS spokesperson said: “The UK government is rightly proud of the oil and gas workers who have been on the frontline of an industry facing unprecedented challenges.

“Where jobs have been lost in the sector, we’re determined to hold on to that talent.

“That’s why we published the Oil and Gas workforce plan and expanded the Talent Retention website to give workers greater access to new opportunities in more than 1,000 engineering and manufacturing companies.

“Businesses should be in no doubt that the oil and gas industry in Scotland has one of the most highly-skilled workforces in the world.”

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, said: “Our people are both skilled and experienced and have much to offer other sectors and employers across the UK.

“We continue to work together with the Scottish Energy Jobs Task Force and all relevant stakeholders to try and mitigate the negative impact of these really tough times which has resulted in jobs being lost to the industry.”

Scotland’s Employment Minister Jamie Hepburn, who was also contacted, said: “These claims are deeply concerning and it’s absolutely right that Gillian Martin has raised this with the UK government, which has responsibility in this area.”

Thousands of people have lost their jobs since the oil downturn began.

 

 

Tycoon Jim Ratcliffe has a stranglehold over Scotland’s oil industry Ratcliffe now has massive influence over the Government and the Scottish economy and Record View says he needs to be treated with caution.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/tycoon-jim-ratcliffe-stranglehold-over-10152672

Oil tycoon Jim Ratcliffe just became one of the most powerful figures in Scottish industry.

And if fears are correct, it will allow him to wield a great deal of power over the Scottish Government.

That’s what one astonished insider made of the deal which makes Ineos the fourth largest petrochemical firm on the planet.

This still has to be ratified by the UK Government, but Ineos have already popped the champagne corks.

The scale of the stranglehold Ratcliffe will have on oil is not to be underestimated.

Jim Ratcliffe's Ineos owns the Grangemouth Refinery
Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos owns the Grangemouth Refinery

He owns the Forties Pipeline System – sold by BP – with control over more than a million barrels a day.

He also has the Kenneil terminal in
 Grangemouth with a system that delivers close to 40 per cent of the UK’s North Sea oil and gas.

This pro-fracking billionaire has already proved he’s not afraid of ruffling feathers.

He closed his Grangemouth plant in an almighty huff in a dispute over the
 suspension of a shop steward.

Ratcliffe now has massive influence over the Government and the Scottish economy.

It’s essential that a deal of this magnitude is given the scrutiny it clearly deserves from the regulator and MPs.

A man with his track record needs to be treated with caution.

Second opinion

Alex Neil MSP

Alex Neil is probably not flavour of the month at SNP headquarters in Edinburgh right now.

The former health secretary has been a thorn in the Government’s side since resigning from the Cabinet last year.

He’s flouted the party line on Brexit, asked extremely awkward questions on the Public Audit Committee and kept his beady eye on the NHS.

In short, he’s acted like an experienced backbencher should.

And putting aside the internal SNP politics, there’s much food for thought to be found in the veteran nationalist’s discussion paper on the health service.

His proposal for a specific new tax to
fund the NHS will certainly be controversial – but it could also kick-start a long overdue discussion.

Eventually Scots will have to decide what type of NHS they want and whether they are willing to pay for it.

Back of the net

An SPFL footballer popped the big question in a unique way at Wishaw General Hospitals maternity unit. Hamilton Accies Greek centre-back, Georgios Sarris, asked staff to dress his new-born baby daughter in a baby grow with mummy will you marry my daddy? written on the front. Georgios said: I had been planning on how I would ask Maria to marry me for ages and I eventually come up with the idea of putting the question on our daughters first baby grow. But not long after Maria had given birth to Nancy, she was taken to the neonatal unit for observation. We had a nervous wait while Nancy was in the neonatal unit and I was already anxious because of the birth and my planned proposal. I thought that the moment had gone. Once Nancy was given the all clear, I spoke with the staff and they were only too happy to help me out. I was so happy that the nurses and midwives were prepared to go the extra length to make sure my proposal could work out as planned. Neonatal staff dressed baby Nancy, who weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces, in her special first outfit. They then placed her in an incubator and wheeled her round to the maternity unit where she was reunited with her mum and dad. It was then that Georgios got down on one knee and asked the big question in front of maternity staff. Ann Brockett, maternity care assistant who witnessed the proposal, said: It was so romantic. In all my years in the maternity unit I have never seen anything like it. It was a very emotional time for both Georgios and Maria and a few of us shed a tear too. They are a lovely family. The couple have been together for six years and moved to Scotland in 2016 following Georgios move to the Lanarkshire club. Maria said: I was really emotional. To know my daughter was okay and in my arms was a wonderful feeling, I was on top of the world. Then I noticed the writing on the baby grow. I looked over and Georgios was on one knee with a ring in his hand. I started to cry all over again but I managed to say yes. I will never forget that day as long as I live and I will never forget the staff who helped bring Nancy into the world and make the proposal possible. The couple have previously been married in a registry office back in Greece ahead of the birth of Nancy. They now plan on a much grander affair in a Greek Orthodox Church, surrounded by friends and family and one special little bridesmaid. Senior charge midwife, Susan Clements, said: We were very happy to help Georgios make his extraordinary proposal to Maria. In my 34 years as a midwife, I havent seen any dad propose to the mother on the ward. It was lovely that our midwives and neonatal staff got a chance to be involved in such a special moment for the new family. ENDS

Big congratulations to Scottish Premiership star Georgios Sarris and his partner Maria.

The happy couple have cause for double celebration after getting engaged within hours of their baby being born.

The Hamilton Accies player proposed in the maternity ward by dressing daughter Nancy in an outfit with, “Marry my daddy?” on the front.

It really was a labour of love.


 

 

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Unite repeats calls for jobs transparency at Wood Group

 

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05 April 2017

Scotland’s biggest offshore union has repeated its calls for transparency on jobs following the takeover of oil and gas operator Amec Foster Wheeler by Wood Group.

On 13 March, Wood Group announced it was to buy out Amec Foster Wheeler in a deal worth £2.2 billion.

Today (Wed 5 Apr) the company has been quoted in the media saying that is looking for ‘efficiencies’ and ‘synergies’ – but has still not told workers what its plans will mean in practice.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “We have met with Wood Group since the announcement of their merger with Amec Foster Wheeler, and asked them specifically about the possible impact. But we have still not been given details of the company’s plans on jobs.

“It is incredibly disappointing that the company are making public statements about efficiency savings, without first speaking to workers and their representatives about what that means. We need full transparency and consultation over any future changes that will affect staff.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For further information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631.

 

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