OCA and trade union talks to continue

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Crunch talks between the Offshore Contractors’ Association (OCA) and North Sea trade unions will continue later this month after yesterday’s meeting brought no resolution.

Discussions between the OCA and representatives from the GMB, Unite and RMT unions were aimed at averting strike action.

Crew are holding out for a 4% increase in basic pay.

OCA chief executive Paul Atkinson said: “We have taken part in useful and constructive talks today. We are committed to resolving this dispute as soon as possible.

“Both parties have agreed to meet again on 20 November in order to make further progress.”

A majority of Unite and GMB members have voted to support strike action.

Negotiations with the OCA have been ongoing since January this year and two pay offers have already been rejected.

Unite regional officer John Boland described yesterday’s meeting as “constructive”, adding “we discussed the ballot results and how we go forward.”