Unite Back Home Safe Campaign 2017 #KeeptheNorthSeaPumaFree @ The Scottish Parliament – Tuesday 19th December

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North Sea unions to meet with Transport Minister Humza Yousaf – Scottish Parliament – Tuesday 19th December;

Unite Scotlands Tommy Campbell will be available for interview after the meeting with the minister at around 1530.

Lewis Macdonald MSP lodged a Members motion opposing the return of the Super Puma 225  helicopter to fly workers from the heliports in the North Sea to the oil rigs in the sector. The motion was heard on 24th October.

Unite lobbied the Parliament on the same day. Here is a link to a short video of that event.

https://youtu.be/G-OrhegsVIU

The Transport Minister Humza Yousaf replied to the debate and invited the trade unions to make submissions to him on the reasons why the the North Sea must stay Puma free.

Those submissions will be made by the trade unions on Tuesday 19th December 2017. Unites regional co-ordinating officer Tommy Campbell will lead the delegation.He will be available for media interview on Tuesday 19th at 1530.

Tommy Campbell said: We are determined that the North Sea should remain Puma free.

The only way the workers there can stop the return of the Puma is to join Unite,

or one of the other trade unions in the industry. 

A strongly unionised workforce means that the oil companies will recognise that any comeback for the Super Puma means a battle. To be fair many of the major oil companies and contractors have already told us that they have no intention of contracting with companies which want to use the Super Puma.

We want to persuade the minister that he should support that. No Comeback for the Super Puma Keep the North Sea Puma Free

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Tommy Campbell / 07810 157920

Bob Wylie / Unite Comms / 07711 751570


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North Sea Grinch employer Odfjell Drilling – workers facing more than 10% pay cuts with Christmas around corner

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Workers facing pay cut with Christmas around corner

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Scores of north-east workers at an offshore drilling contractor are facing deep pay cuts with Christmas just around the corner.

Unite regional officer Willie Wallace said Odfjell Drilling was issuing the proposals to workers today as part of a consultation.

Mr Wallace said 180 employees were affected by what he described as a “considerable reduction in terms and conditions”.

 

Odfjell, which has a base in Altens, Aberdeen, said in a letter

to employees – seen by Energy Voice − that the amendments to terms and conditions were necessary to “align with the current market environment”.

Odfjell said whilst it had recently secured new contracts, market conditions meant costs needed to be reduced for it to remain competitive as the oil price remains unstable.

In October, Odfjell said it had clinched a deal to perform drilling and maintenance work on EnQuest’s Magnus platform in the UK North Sea.

The company said in June that its Aberdeen business would recruit another 100 people after it won a contract with Taqa to provide services on five North Sea platforms.

In 2014, it secured a four-year contract extension to provide platform drilling services with BP in the UK North Sea, taking the contract renewal date to December 2018.

According to the letter from operations manager Donald MacLeod, dated November 29, Odfjell wants bring all offshore employees’ terms and conditions in line with a set of standards which have been in place for new starts for about seven months.

A worker told Energy Voice the proposals involved the complete removal of health care and travel money, a 50% drop in sick pay and, in some cases, a 10% basic wage cut.

Mr Wallace said the basic wage cut would be “different for different people”.

He said the changes would be badly received by the workforce and were “unnecessary at this time”.

He added: “The workforce played its part previously in changing rotas and working extra shifts for no extra payment and are now saying, ‘enough is enough’.

“Unite awaits feedback from its members before meeting Odfjell again next week.”

Odfjell has been contacted for comment.

 


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  2. Elect  new Unite Union reps
  3. Put in place Unite points of contact on each odjfell offshore asset  covering all and shifts rotas
  4. Join Unite and fight the cuts to your terms & Conditions

The wood group offshore unite members on shell assets were in a similar position as you in 2016   – What did they do?  to see what they did    they made history  the first offshore strike in  a generation by  growing their  union Unite, electing  union reps on all  shell assets and standing together  and fighting back against attacks against their Terms and Conditions of employment in their contracts

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Inquiry after lifeboat fell from Brent Alpha platform

Inquiry after lifeboat fell from Brent Alpha platform

Brent Alpha platform
Image captionThe lifeboat fell from the Brent Alpha platform

Oil company Shell has said it is investigating after a lifeboat fell from a North Sea platform during maintenance.

The handbrake slipped on the boat’s launch mechanism on the Brent Alpha on Saturday morning.

No-one was injured and the lifeboat was recovered from the sea on Sunday morning.

Brent Alpha, which is currently being decommissioned, lies 115 miles east of Shetland.

Oil company Shell has said it is investigating after a lifeboat fell from a North Sea platform during maintenance

 


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Keep the North Sea  –  Puma Free Campaign- Unite to meet The Scottish Transport Minister – Humza Yousaf MSP

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Unite the Union  delegation of offshore reps and regional officers  will  meet with  Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands as  part of the ongoing campaign to keep the North Sea Puma Free
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The delegation will meet 19th December at 2.30pm until 3.15pm in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
 Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, and sister offshore unions will also be in attendance to convey the message from Union members working offshore to the transport minister – Airbus  – Oil and Gas Uk and all operators and contractors – the Offshore workforce have lost all confidence in the 225 Super Puma Chopper and there should be no return of this  chopper on commercial operations
Unite has written to Offshore oil companies and contractors  – not one has said they intend to use super pumas to transport their workers offshore.- Norwegian oil company Statoil has publicly stated that they will not use the 225s again.
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If you are a Unite member and you  would like to attend  please contact
the Unite Aberdeen Office on 01224 645 271  or contact your Unite the Union rep or branch secretary.
Unite offshore  contact –  http://www.uniteoffshore.net/contact.html

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Keep the North Sea Puma Free

 

Offshore Unions say the manufacturer of the super puma 225 helicopters Airbus, haven’t convinced them that they are safe enough to return to service

” UK and Norwegian trade union officials and reps that they are safe enough to return to service in the North Sea”.

UK and Norwegian offshore trade unions have returned from a visit from Airbus headquarters in France warning Airbus that union members do not want to fly in the 225sand the offshore workforce has no confidence in this helicopter.

Click on the link to the STV news report Friday  10 November

 

https://www.stepchangeinsafety.net/sites/default/files/TSN%20October%202017.pdf

 

Join the campaign to keep the North Sea Puma Free

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Strike threat over return of ‘flying coffin’

Strike threat over return of ‘flying coffin’

Workers say they have no confidence in Super Puma helicopter after deaths of more than 30 people in offshore crashes

A Super Puma EC225 crashed in 2016 killing 13 people
A Super Puma EC225 crashed in 2016 killing 13 peopleTORSTEIN BOE/EPA

Tens of thousands of offshore workers in Scotland will be urged to strike if a helicopter involved in a spate of accidents returns to service.

Pat Rafferty, the Scottish head of Unite, the union, has threatened to ballot members if the Super Puma, an aircraft once routinely used to ferry workers to North Sea rigs, is reintroduced.

The helicopter was grounded across Europe last year in the wake of a crash in Norway but restrictions were lifted in July by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Amid concern that UK helicopter operators could bring back the aircraft, MSPs will debate the issue this week in the Scottish parliament. Rafferty is urging politicians to back Unite’s call for the Super Puma to be grounded indefinitely and said moves to return the aircraft to offshore duties would be strongly opposed.

“People view this aircraft as a flying coffin,” said Rafferty. “We’re absolutely prepared to take industrial action if there are any moves to reintroduce the aircraft and we’re confident that the majority of our members, not to mention the public, would be hugely supportive.”

A recent survey by Airbus, which produces the Super Puma, suggested more than 60% of offshore workers would not feel comfortable travelling in the helicopter. Since 2009, it has been involved in several crashes and more than 30 offshore workers have been killed.

In April 2016, 13 people died after a Super Puma EC225 crashed west of the Norwegian city of Bergen. Among those killed was Iain Stuart, an oil worker from Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire.

Iain Stuart was among those killed in the crash west of the Norwegian city of Bergen
Iain Stuart was among those killed in the crash west of the Norwegian city of BergenPOLICE SCOTLAND/PA WIRE

Witnesses described seeing “huge flames” and “black smoke” after the helicopter plunged an estimated 2,100ft in 10 seconds. It had been en route from Statoil’s Gullfaks B platform when it crashed closed to Flesland airport.

In 2012, EC225 Super Puma helicopters crashed in two incidents in Scotland, one off Aberdeen and the other off Shetland. Both crashes, which did not result in fatalities, were blamed on gearbox problems. In 2009, All 14 passengers and two crew died when a Super Puma came down in the North Sea, close to Peterhead on the east coast of Scotland. In 2015, the Super Puma EC225 was rebranded under Airbus as model H225.

“Thirty-three families in Scotland have lost loved ones who stepped on board a Super Puma helicopter,” said Rafferty. “Our members have made it absolutely clear that they have lost confidence in the aircraft. That confidence is not going to return, ever.”

The CAA said lifting of restrictions on the Super Puma followed modifications by Airbus. Operators are also required to carry out rigorous checks and to replace parts more frequently. “We would never have lifted the restrictions unless we were convinced that the changes meant that the required standards were now being met.”

Airbus Helicopters said: “We welcome any open and informed discussion on the safety of offshore helicopters and this is clearly a topic of great importance to MSPs.

“While global and national independent authorities have lifted all H225 flight restrictions based on new safety measures, which go beyond regulators’ requirements, Airbus Helicopters understands the importance of restoring confidence in the aircraft ahead of any return to service. We are now in the process of informing the workforce and wider community of the updates.”

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Peter Wright 

I flew in these machines in the 1980s and even then they were problematic. One crashed on final approach to Aberdeen Airport when a cargo hatch separated and disabled the tail rotor. There were few serious injuries but the passengers turned up for their next offshore flight wearing teeshirts emblazoned “North West Hutton Freefall Catering Team.”

I recall another landing on a ship in the North Sea following tail rotor failure and several other fatal incidents. Since then there is a regular catalogue of serious incidents. This is not a good machine.

After the Chinook crash in 1986 with 41 fatalities, Robert Maxwell, then owner of British International Helicopters, boarded and flew in one of the modified designs to prove how safe and reliable they were. Despite wishes and feelings on the ground the aircraft, (an awful machine to fly in,) returned safely but he had in effect sealed its fate as a passenger carrier.

 


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