Members of Scotland’s biggest offshore trade union have voted to reject a pay offer.
In a consultative ballot, 81 per cent of Unite members voted to reject the latest deal put forward by their employers, represented by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA).
This is the second pay offer rejected by members.
Back in December, 85% of Unite members voted to reject a previous OCA proposal that it was claimed would have seen no increase in their pay and no improvement to their terms and conditions.
Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “We have repeatedly warned the OCA employers and other offshore employers that we cannot simply have a race to the bottom, with companies competing with each other to suppress the pay and conditions of offshore workers.
“It’s bad for our members and it’s bad for the local economies that rely on their incomes.
“Those companies who invest in their workers and see them as genuine partners will reap the benefits in the future. Those who don’t will end up lagging behind, and will always face the possibility of industrial action from their workforce.
“We will now consult with our union members and Unite workplace representatives about the way forward, given they now have a mandate for an industrial action ballot following the rejection of the pay offer.”
Unite is seeking a significant wage increase for members, along with improved sick pay and paid travel time to an employer’s onshore base.
The organisation’s members include Petrofac, Wood Group PSN and Stork, according to its website.
Paul Atkinson, CEO of the Offshore Contractors Association said: “We are extremely disappointed that members of Unite who took part in the consultative ballot have rejected our pay offer.
“Our priority is to find ways of avoiding industrial action. We will continue to maintain an on-going dialogue with union officials in an attempt to bring this to a resolution.”
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