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

Noble, Diamond Offshore and EnscoRowan broke away from the UKDCA
Noble, Diamond Offshore and EnscoRowan broke away from the UKDCA

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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