Strike talks rescheduled between unions and OCA

Offshore workers arrive on their platform by helicopter
Offshore workers arrive on their platform by helicopter

Crunch talks between North Sea trade unions and the Offshore Contractors’ Association (OCA) have been cancelled.

Discussions were set to take place between the OCA and representatives of the Unite, RMT and GMB unions yesterday, aimed at averting strikes.

However, Unite confirmed that the talks have been cancelled and will reconvene “in the next couple of weeks”, but did not elaborate on why that has happened.

Union members earlier this month voted for industrial action over the pay dispute.

Workers are holding out for a 4% rise in pay.

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

Unite, the largest offshore union, said the “vast majority” of its members covered by the OCA agreement had voted for industrial action.

The legal thresholds were met at Aker Solutions, Altrad and Sparrows Offshore Services, but not at any other OCA member companies.

However, Unite said the outcome would still be enough to result in about 1,000 workers downing tools.

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