Get Active, Get Involved. Become A Unite Rep

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Get Active, Get Involved, Become A Unite Rep.

Whether you’re employed by an OCA Company a CoTA Company, a Drilling Company or any of the Big Oil Companies now is a good time to roll up your sleeves and get involved.

For more info or to let us know you’re interested in becoming a Unite Rep contact the Aberdeen Office at aberdeenstaff@unitetheunion.org

 

If you work offshore in the Oil & Gas sector and are not yet a member of a trade union can you afford not to join?

Get Protected! Get Active! Get Organised

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

Have a voice, take action and make change happen. Join the union

Join Unite today!

http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/joinunite/

 

EXCLUSIVE: CHC Helicopters Threatens to Sack All UK Pilots

EXCLUSIVE: CHC Helicopters Threatens to Sack All UK Pilots

Published in Oil Industry News on Monday, 29 May 2017

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CHC Helicopters have threatened to sack all their 85 UK based pilots if each pilot does not agree to negotiations aimed at reducing their annual pay.

Oil and Gas People has learned that CHC Scotia Ltd is seeking to change the terms and conditions of all their UK-based pilots – preferably via negotiation, but if not, by imposition.

The proposed pay negotiations are set to take place between the 24th May and the 23rdJune 2017 with CHC threatening to terminate the contracts of those unwilling to negotiate. If any pilots were to have their employment terminated, CHC intend to offer new contracts on revised and inferior terms.

It is unlikely CHC’s pilots will willingly accept pay reductions, as helicopter pilots require thousands of flight hours to fly commercially and are required to continually develop their skills. Pilot salaries are relative to the technical skill sets required and the decision for one operator to reduce salaries beyond the norm could result in an out-flux of experienced pilots.

A CHC spokesman, said: “We are not seeking to reduce the number of our pilot workforce. We have entered a period of collective consultation with the pilots’ union BALPA regarding the standardisation of terms of conditions.

“The proposed changes are being put forward out of a desire to protect the jobs of all pilots and ensure a strong future for CHC.”

CHC’s parent company has only recently come out of Chapter 11 restructuring – aimed at preventing bankruptcy.  This move allowed the organisation to wipe off over $1 billion of debt and in turn significantly reduce the size of their overall helicopter fleet.

The strong-arm move to reduce salaries is unheard of in the UK aviation sector and may signify that CHC’s Chapter 11 re-structuring has not achieved the long-term financial stability it was hoping for.

If you have a story relating to the oil and gas industry that you would like to bring to our attention, please contact our news team in confidence at: news@oilandgaspeople.com

 


     

     

    Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) Webinar – 22 June – @1900

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    The Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG)  – offshore trade unions UKCS have scheduled their 2nd webinar where trade union officials are available to you (wherever you are) to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
    Please circulate the attached poster to advertise to any interested parties you may have to see what the OCG are all about.
    To Register:  please follow this link
    and you can register in minutes for the webinar.
    Thanks again
     
     
    Kind regards
    Nikki Wood
    Project Coordinator
    Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG)
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    If you work offshore in the Oil & Gas sector and are not yet a member of a trade union can you afford not to join?

    Get Protected! Get Active! Get Organised

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

    Have a voice, take action and make change happen. Join the union

    Join Unite today!

    http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/joinunite/

     

     

     

     

    North Sea oil platform shuts down after gas leak A gas leak was detected on Friday morning at Shell’s Brent Charlie platform

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    A NORTH Sea oil platform has been shut down following a gas leak.

    The gas detection alarm sounded on Friday morning on Shell’s Brent Charlie platform, 115 miles north-east of Shetland.

    Shell said all 176 people on board have been accounted for and a total of 31 non-essential workers are being evacuated from the platform as a precaution.

    A Shell spokeswoman said: “Following a gas detection alarm, production was shut down and the platform called to muster. The source of the leak has been safely detected and isolated and a full investigation into the cause will be completed.”

    The spokeswoman said the leak was discovered on the platform above sea level and there was no impact on the marine environment.

     


    Health &Safety offshore is no accident

    Get Protected! Get Active! Get Organised!

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

    Have a voice, take action and make change happen. Join the union

    Join Unite today!

    http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/joinunite/

     

    RMT/OILC- SERVES NOTICE OF BALLOT ON OCA FULL MEMBER EMPLOYERS.

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    Subject: RMT/OILC- SERVES NOTICE OF BALLOT ON OCA FULL MEMBER EMPLOYERS.

    RMT/OILC- SERVES NOTICE OF BALLOT
    ON OCA FULL MEMBER EMPLOYERS.
    RMT has served notice of ballot on OCA [Full Member] employers as of today Wednesday 17th May 2017. Further details are to follow by a circular to be issued by General Secretary Mick Cash on Thursday 18th May 2017 outlining the timetable for ballot and when ballot papers are to be sent out and when the ballot shall close.
    Further details in the circular issued by the General Secretary of who to contact if you do not receive a ballot paper will follow.
    I can advise to all OCA [Full Member] employed RMT members that ballot papers have not been sent out yet and to wait for the circular to be issued on Thursday 18th May 2017.
    Regards
    Mike McCaig
    RMT Offshore Energy Branch Secretary

    Unite takes action against diesel fumes ‘time bomb’

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    Exposure to diesel fumes at work can cause cancer and even kill you! 

    Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the Unite diesel exhaust emissions register. Your responses will help us draw up a map to measure the level of diesel fume exposures in workplaces.

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    The data that you provide will be stored on a database and may be shared with others, including law firms instructed by Unite. The use of this information will be utilised for the purposes of providing evidence of exposure with employers and Government bodies.

    Unite Legal helpline
    By completing the form you are not registering a legal claim. If you have suffered significant symptoms caused by exposure to diesel emissions you should contact Unite’s Legal service helpline without delay on 0800 709 007.

    All workers have a right to safe working environment
    There are detailed regulations in place intended to protect all workers from exposure to dangerous substances (such as diesel exhaust fumes) in the workplace and these are called “The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002” or COSHH for short.

    Help inform workers about this important topic 

    • Put up one of our posters in your workplace.
    • Hand out a flyer to colleagues at work
    • Find out more about diesel fume risks on our website.

    Other Resources
    Diesel Exhaust Emissions at Work – Guidance for Unite members

    By raising awareness now we can protect the health of current workers and future workers!

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    – See more at: http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/diesel-exhaust-can-kill—report-it/#sthash.IEUphsky.dpuf


    Unite takes action against diesel fumes ‘time bomb’

    A major new initiative to protect workers from the ticking time bomb caused by exposure to diesel fumes has been launched by Unite, the UK’s largest union.

    The union, which represents workers’ rights across the economy, is launching a diesel emissions register so that members can record when they have been exposed to excessive diesel fumes. The information will be used by Unite to report accidents, force employers to clean up their workplaces and could be the basis of future legal claims.

    Last week, the government refused to comply with a high court demand to publish tougher draft measurers to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide by Monday 24 April. The government’s original proposals were so poor that the court ruled them to be illegal. On Thursday 27 April, the government lost a further court case and now will be forced to publish its plans.

    Unite’s register has initially been trialled across the transport sectors, where the issue is a priority, and has already produced disturbing results with members reporting incidents including: “Many shifts have had dense fog through diesel emissions, staff have coughed, had sore eyes, sore throats” and “I regularly work in a building with diesel fumes from diesel engines”.

    Unite’s study revealed that affected workers reported a series of short-term health concerns, including: wheezing (55 per cent), other respiratory problems (55 per cent), eye irritation (45 per cent), lightheadness (36 per cent), chest tightness (36 per cent), headaches (36 per cent), nausea (27 per cent) and heartburn (18 per cent).

    Long term problems recorded by Unite members included effects on lung capacity, breathlessness, asthma, being more prone to colds and flu and sinusitis.

    Unite already has registers for members who are exposed to asbestos in the workplace or fume events on board aircraft. Unite is currently pursuing 94 legal cases on behalf of cabin crew who have been exposed to toxic fumes on board passenger planes.

    Unite assistant general secretary for transport, Diana Holland, said: “Unite is acting to protect our members from the ticking time bomb of being needlessly exposed to poisonous diesel fumes. We cannot take risks with health and safety at work. We are deeply concerned the government is burying its head in the sand and allowing people to become sick and even die due to its inaction.

    “In the meantime, where it is clear that employers are ignoring their legal duties, information form the register will be used to force employers who are making our members sick and ill to clean up their acts.

    “If it can be proved that the health of workers has been damaged due to exposure to diesel fumes, Unite will consider taking legal action on behalf of our members.”


    Health & Safety  offshore is no accident,, If you work offshore and are exposed to diesel fumes, join Unite`s H&S campaign  , if your not already a member join Unite today

    Get Protected! Get Active! Get Organised!

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

    Have a voice, take action and make change happen. Join the union

    Join Unite today!

    http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/joinunite/