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Strike action put on hold by Unite after new offer from COTA

North Sea strike action by catering and auxiliary workers has been put on hold by Unite after a new offer from COTA (Caterers Offshore Trade Association). The decision comes after tentative talks were held last week between employers and members of Unite and RMT. A consultative ballot will now run as the new offer is put on the table for union members.

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Talks looming between COTA and unions

Talks between unions and COTA (Caterers Offshore Trade Association) will be held today in a bid to reach an agreement over potential strike action. Last month both Unite and RMT members were balloted on whether to take industrial action. Offshore catering and auxiliary workers are in dispute with COTA after it said it would not be honouring the second year of a pay deal worth around 1.3%.

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RMT vote swings in support of action short of a strike over COTA dispute

A vote on whether to strike has narrowly been avoided by members of RMT in a dispute over pay with COTA (Caterers Offshore Trade Association). Members of the union did vote in favour of action short of a strike in a separate ballot which closed today. It comes on the same day crunch talks were announced between the body and both Unite and RMT unions in a bid to prevent the first North Sea strike in a generation.

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COTA urges employees to vote on strike action

The Caterers Offshore Trade Association (COTA) has called on employees to turn out and vote in ongoing industrial ballots before they close later this month. Both Unite and RMT unions opened their ballots asking members if they would be prepared to take strike action or action short of a strike after COTA companies decided to freeze pay. Earlier this year COTA had said it wouldn't pay the second year of a two-year deal which would see a 1.3% rise in wages.