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North Sea drillers snub ‘inferior’ pay offer from ‘breakaway group’

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Scores of offshore drillers have rejected an “inferior” pay offer from a group of companies accused of snubbing a collective agreement.

The Unite trade union said Diamond, EnscoRowan and Noble had put workers in a “ludicrous position” by offering lower pay than the other companies in the UK Drilling Contractors Association (UKDCA).

Ninety-five percent of Unite members employed by the “breakaway group” turned down a 2%, one year pay increase.

The other UKDCA members − Archer, Maersk, Transocean and Odfjell – offered 500 employees a 5% pay rise over two years.

Their proposal was accepted by 67% of those who voted.

Unite said the split leaves hundreds of members without a pay increase for 2018-19.

The union said it would consider a launching a strike action vote if Diamond, EnscoRowan and Noble don’t revise their “derisory” offer.

Unite regional industrial officer John Clark said: “The scale of rejection by 95% should focus minds in these companies that getting back round the negotiating table to match the same offer as accepted by the majority group is a priority.

“If this renegade group does not, then Unite will consider its next steps including a ballot for industrial action.”

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