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EVERY OFFSHORE WORKER NEEDS GET INVOLVED NOW – HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN 4 STEPS

  1. Fill out a Safety First freepost postcard and return it to Unite Offshore, who will then ensure it gets to your elected representative. Click here for a downloadable/printable freepost postcard
  2. If you have not already signed the Back Home Safe 2017 petition do so today
  3. Get Involved, Get Protected: Join Unite Today.
  4. Join Unite Offshore to lobby the Scottish Parliament on the evening of 24th October 2017.
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 Energy Voice – Poll results: Would you fly in a H225? – Keep the North Sea Puma Free

 Energy Voice – Poll results: Would you fly in a H225?

Written by  – 

Guillaume Faury, chief executive of Airbus Helicopters travels on the H225

More than 50% of Energy Voice readers do not want to fly in a controversial offshore helicopter, according to a poll.

The survey was launched last week and received more than 3,100 responses.

A total of 39% of the votes said they would fly in an Airbus H225 aircraft, with 52% saying they would not.

Around 2% of the voters said they would consider it but would want more information on safety upgrades while 7% voted that they were happy with the alternative or replacement airframes.

The helicopters were recently cleared to return to service, dependent on a safety case, after a lengthy grounding that followed a fatal crash off Norway.

The boss of manufacturer Airbus has been challenged to fly in the same conditions as the workforce in the most recent development to a long standing wrangle over the aircraft reintroduction. Read more here.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the poll.

 

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Dickensian practices from Oil major and catering contractor

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https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/north-sea/152455/bp-defends-offshore-catering-amid-claims-snacks-locked-away/

Oil supermajor BP has defended its offshore catering offering amid claims that oil workers are being denied snacks between meals.

It comes after allegations that the food galley offshore was being cordoned off between meal times.

One rig worker, who wants to remain anonymous, said light bites such as bread, fruit, cakes and ice cream are getting locked away after meal times as part of a change of policy. The worker highlighted safety concerns.

The removal of black pudding from the breakfast menu also provoked complaints from some of the workforce.

However energy giant BP said some food items cannot be left lying out in order to comply with food standards.

And the company said that it offers “extensive” catering options. The oil major has also reinstated black pudding as a breakfast option.

The source said: “It sounds a bit trivial but it means a lot to people out here.

“All bread, fruit, cakes and ice cream were removed and stored away to stop people from having a snack if they were hungry.

“There were barriers put in place to stop people entering the galley and just recently someone was reprimanded for entering the galley out with meal times.

“It basically means we can’t get any form of food out with these times and when you are working for a three-week, sometimes four-week, period offshore you can become quite hungry due to the nature of our jobs.

“Some guys on the drilling side work a split shift to allow them to change from night shift to day shift. This entails working eight hour shifts which means they finish a shift at 10.30pm and can’t get anything to eat until 11.30pm which is when they should be in bed catching up on sleep.”

But BP say that the only time offshore catering facilities may be cordoned off is to allow for cleaning and food preparation.

A BP spokeswoman added: “It’s important to us that everyone working on our offshore assets is well looked after – for many, offshore can be home for half of the year.

“That’s exactly why we provide the very extensive catering choices that we do, which includes a varied breakfast menu and a choice of starters, three main meals options and a dessert for lunch and dinner.

“And we respond to feedback – the new catering contract we recently introduced to all our North Sea offshore assets brought back items that our teams told us they particularly wanted, including specific ice-cream brands, branded condiments and black pudding.

“We also secured confectionery items, which offshore colleagues can buy, at cost price rates.

“Food is available at four different times throughout the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner and also at midnight for the night shift crews. Between these times, some of our restaurants may be cordoned off to give the catering teams enough time clean and to prepare food for the next service.”


If you have issues  with  access  to food around your working practices offshore or your favourites  taken off the menu  get in touch with Unite and  campaign for the  oil companies and  contractors to put the workers before profit   access to food  which is  required to sustain workers  who are working in a high risk and hazard sector  working long shifts and  rotas.

http://www.uniteoffshore.net/contact.html

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Lobby the Scottish Parliament Offshore Helicopter safety debate : Tuesday 24 October

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Hi All

Can you please let me know  if  you will be able to attend the Scottish Parliament  to lobby MSPs  on helicopter safety offshore debate:   Lewis MacDonalds Labour MSPs motion will be debated

If you are a Unite member and interested in attending on Tuesday 24 of October, please get in touch (contact details below)

Information on the motion

Motion S5M-07724: Lewis Macdonald, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/09/2017
Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the North Sea
That the Parliament understands that the Civil Aviation Authority has lifted the ban on the use of Superpuma H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters in the UK despite continuing concerns over the safety of these helicopters among offshore workers; further understands that Airbus, the manufacturer of Superpuma helicopters, has carried out a survey of North Sea workers and aircrew in order to establish their attitudes towards helicopter safety; notes the finding that 62% of respondents would be unlikely to fly in a Superpuma helicopter, given a choice; further notes that 44% of respondents were unaware of work done to improve safety since the Superpuma crash in April 2016, including increased monitoring and inspection measures and more regular replacement of gearbox components; recognises that Unite the Union has launched a petition opposing the reintroduction of the Superpuma helicopters, signed by thousands of offshore workers in the North East Scotland parliamentary region and across the country, who remain concerned about their safety and reputation, and notes calls for flights in these Superpuma helicopters to not resume.
Supported by: Iain Gray, Mark Griffin, Tavish Scott, Colin Beattie, Maree Todd, Fulton MacGregor, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Neil Findlay, Graeme Dey, Daniel Johnson, Mairi Gougeon, Stuart McMillan, Richard Leonard, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Richard Lochhead, Claire Baker, Richard Lyle, Monica Lennon, John Finnie

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support

Information on Unites Back Home Safe Campaign 2017

http://www.uniteoffshore.net/back-home-safe-2017.html

 

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Can you please pass on – as appropriate to your contacts

For more information on attending the Scottish Parliament

Contact

Unite Offshore team

Unite Organiser Billy Donohoe
billy.donohoe@unitetheunion.org
07919 880 850

Aberdeen Regional Officers

Aberdeenstaff@unitetheunion.org

01224 645 271

 


 

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An NHV operated Airbus H175 Chopper taken ashore on a ship after warning light appears

https://www.energyvoice.com/other-news/151865/h175-helicopter-taken-ashore-ship-warning-light-appears/

 

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An NHV operated H175 helicopter.

A stricken Airbus H175 helicopter had to be taken ashore aboard a ship after a cockpit warning light appeared while the aircraft was on an oil rig.

Only a small number of H175s are in service in the UK North Sea. NHV has three at its base in Aberdeen, while CHC Helicopter took delivery of its first H175 for use in offshore oil operations in August.

A spokesman for Belgian operator NHV said the warning light incident took place last week.

He said the light came on when the aircraft was on a rig in Danish waters, and not during flight.

A ship was used after it became clear that the H175 could not safely fly all the way back to its base.

The aircraft did manage to fly the short distance between the rig and the ship, before being transported back to the Danish coast.

Once near the shore, it made a short flight to Esbjerg airport, where it is undergoing scheduled maintenance.

An industry source based in Denmark told Energy Voice that the aircraft had suffered gearbox problems.

NHV and Airbus said a root cause had yet to be found.

A spokesman for Airbus said the aircraft would not return to action without undergoing a full set of checks.

He said: “An NHV H175‎ experienced a cockpit warning on the deck of an offshore rig in the North Sea.

“With full support from Airbus Helicopters the aircraft was cleared for two short ferry flights, from the rig to a transport ship and, on the ship’s arrival at the coast, a short flight on to land.

“The flights, which totalled less than 10 minutes, remained at all times within the safe flight period following one of these alerts.

“The aircraft will undergo a full technical inspection ahead of any return to flight.”

 


Unite  Back Home Safe 2017 Campaign  – Helicopter Safety Offshore

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Unite is the largest trade union in for offshore workers in the North Sea UKCS

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Building Unite

Organising in Scotland’s heliports

Bob Wylie,  September 2017

Unite’s organisers encouraging sign-up to Unite in heliports. Find out more in the video below:

 

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Unite: We welcome a debate in the Scottish Parliament around offshore helicopter safety

 

 

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John Boland;  Unite the Union regional officer; Aberdeen

“We welcome a debate in the Scottish Parliament around helicopter safety in the transport of oil and gas workers in the North Sea, however, action is required to protect offshore workers.

Unite position is clear that the Super Puma helicopter should not be used to fly offshore workers to and from offshore installations in the UKCS.

The Super Puma’s record makes grim reading. It has been involved in accidents and incidents.

6 times in 8 years; 65 people have been rescued from the North Sea and

33 workers have lost their lives. All were involved in traveling to or from

installations in a Super Puma 225.

The decision to lift the ban has rightly angered the offshore workforce.

A survey by Airbus and a petition by Unite have identified thousands of workers declaring that they have no confidence in the safety of this helicopter and that they do not wish to fly in these helicopters again.

The Oil and Gas industry is vital to the local and national economy. The oil companies and contractors claim their most valuable asset is the workforce if that’s the case then follow the Statoil lead and commit to not using the Superpuma 225s to transport your employees to and from offshore installations. “

Unite`s question to the Oil companies is clear are you just paying lip service to workers safety and are you more concerned with your profit and shareholder value than offshore workers safety and wellbeing? If that is Not the case then follow  Statoil, and publicly commit, that you will Not use the SuperPuma 225s to transport offshore workers to and from offshore installations in the UKCS.

Shell and BP said they would not consider returning the aircraft to service until the root cause of the Norway crash is found


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More MSPs support the motion SSM-07724 to Scottish Parliament for the debate on Workforce concerns regarding helicopter safety in the North SeaOffshore motion


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All MSPs asked to support Unite`s Back Home Safe Campaign 2017- No return of the Super Puma 225s –

Unite has  written to All the Scottish Parliament MSPs  asking  for their support,  (see email below )have your say lobby your MSP /MP  about the Super Puma 225s  and helicopter safety let them know how you feel

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Dear MSP

 

I am, contacting you on behalf of Unite the Union and the thousands of members we represent who work offshore in the  Oil & Gas sector, some of them will live in your constituency, I am asking for your support on their behalf for Unite the Union Back Home Safe campaign 2017.
http://www.uniteoffshore.net/back-home-safe-2017.html

You can support the campaign by doing the following :

1 .  Supporting  the following motion to Parliament

2 .  Signing the petition on the non-return of super puma 225s in the UKCS

Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the North Sea Motion Number: S5M-07724 Lodged By: Lewis Macdonald Date Lodged: 15/09/2017 To be considered for Members’ Business
Title: ♦ Workforce Concerns Regarding Helicopter Safety in the North Sea

Motion Text:
That the Parliament understands that the Civil Aviation Authority has lifted the ban on the use of Superpuma H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters in the UK despite continuing concerns over the safety of these helicopters among offshore workers; further understands that Airbus, the manufacturer of Superpuma helicopters, has carried out a survey of North Sea workers and aircrew in order to establish their attitudes towards helicopter safety; notes the finding that 62% of respondents would be unlikely to fly in a Superpuma helicopter, given a choice; further notes that 44% of respondents were unaware of work done to improve safety since the Superpuma crash in April 2016, including increased monitoring and inspection measures and more regular replacement of gearbox components; recognises that Unite the Union has launched a petition opposing the reintroduction of the Superpuma helicopters, signed by thousands of offshore workers in the North East Scotland parliamentary region and across the country, who remain concerned about their safety and reputation, and notes calls for flights in these Superpuma helicopters to not resume.

Supported by: Iain Gray, Mark Griffin, Tavish Scott, Colin Beattie, Maree Todd, Fulton MacGregor, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Neil Findlay, Graeme Dey, Daniel Johnson, Mairi Gougeon

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support

2 .  Signing the petition on the non-return of super puma 225s in the UKCS

Unite Back Home Safe Petition 2017 has over 2500 signatories and growing

Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s and L2s helicopter in commercial operations in the UKCS

As a direct result of Unite the union members working in the offshore Oil & Gas sector raising their serious concerns in relation to the reintroduction of the Airbus Superpuma H225LP and AS332 L2 helicopters Unite  is running the   ‘Back Home Safe 2017 `campaign with a petition  to demonstrate that  offshore workers and families and the general public have  no – confidence in these helicopters.

Our petition calls for all stakeholders to back the non-reintroduction and the permanent cessation of commercial operations in the UKCS.Unite is now actively asking oil companies and contractors their position on the 225s return

Please sign our online petition (attached) hard copy (which can be signed and sent back to me)

The Link to the Survey Monkey –

Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s and L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FW6Y8KG

Unite members have told us, their Health & Safety is paramount in the offshore sector. We are asking you to support our members and all offshore workers and their families and visibly support this campaign.

That worker will not accept a return ‘business as usual ` and will express a vote of no – confidence in the Airbus Superpuma 225s choppers.

More information on our website –

http://www.uniteoffshore.net/back-home-safe-2017.html

Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/UniteDemandBackHomeSafe/

Twitter account

https://twitter.com/uniteoffshore

 

 

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MSPs  who have signed the back home safe petition to date @ 20September 2017

Colin Beattie MSP (SNP)
Claire Haughey MSP (SNP)
Ross Greer MSP (Green)
Patrick Harvie MSP (Green)
Maree Todd MSP (SNP)

Richard Leonard MSP (Labour)
Neil Findlay MSP (Labour)
Lewis McDonald MSP (Labour)
Monica Lennon MSP (Labour)
Claire Baker MSP (Labour)
Colin Smyth MSP (Labour)
Claudia Beamish MSP (Labour)
Pauline McNeil MSP (Labour)
Anas Sarwar MSP (Labour)

MSP who support the motion
Lewis MacDonald (Labour)
Iain Gray (Labour)
Mark Griffin (Labour)
Tavish Scott (Lib Dem)
Colin Beattie (SNP)
Maree Todd( SNP)
Fulton MacGregor (SNP)
Elaine Smith (Labour)
Rhoda Grant (Labour)
Neil Findlay (Labour)
Graeme Dey (SNP)
Daniel Johnson (Labour)
Mairi Gougeon (SNP)

 

To sign our petition

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FW6Y8KG   

Thanks in advance

I look forward  to hearing from you soonest

Billy Donohoe
Union Organiser
Unite the Union
Scottish Region

 


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