North Sea oil workers vote to reject OCA contract offer

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Oil workers have rejected proposals from the Offshore Contractors Association regarding their current contracts.

The results of a ballot by both Unite and GMB emerged earlier today.

Both unions had been balloting their workers over the potential changes to a number of conditions including an additional 15 minutes working time to their shifts and differences in their sickness pay.

In a joint statement the unions said:“Unite and GMB members have overwhelmingly rejected the OCA employers’ pay and conditions proposals.

“In light of a significant mandate from trade union-organised offshore workers to oppose any further cuts in pay, or changes to other terms and conditions, we now are seeking a meeting with the OCA to try and secure a negotiated settlement to unions’ pay and conditions claim.”

Last month Energy Voice exclusively revealed the proposals and at the time it was hinted workers would vote to reject the changes.

Paul Atkinson, chief executive of the OCA said: “We are seeking to reach an agreement that continues to protect employees’ earnings by guaranteeing pay and standards while at the same time ensuring that investors have the confidence they need to do business in the UK Continental shelf.

“Throughout the current negotiations, the OCA has been in constant dialogue with the relevant trade unions in an attempt to reach a mutually acceptable position. These negotiations are on-going and we are committed to doing everything we can to reach an agreement.”