Unions from the UK and Norway have established a dedicated working group to improve helicopter safety across the North Sea oil and gas industry.
Unions from the UK and Norway have met in Aberdeen to formalise a collaboration to improve helicopter safety across the North Sea.
Tense negotiations continued last night in a bid to avert possible strike action by engineers against a North Sea helicopter firm.
Scores of engineers have been locked in a bitter pay dispute with employer CHC Helicopter for 18 months.
Proposed strike action by North Sea pilots has been averted after union members voted to accept a pay deal.
North Sea helicopter pilots working for CHC have voted to take strike action following a pay dispute.
North Sea pilots are in a pay dispute with CHC Helicopter.
A trade union alliance representing oil and gas workers has renewed calls for government investment in North Sea infrastructure.
Thousands of pilots believe fatigue is not taken seriously enough by airlines, according to a new survey.
Bristow Helicopters is to make 15 pilots redundant the pilots union Balpa has revealed.
Pilots' union BALPA said it was entering "new territory", as it met with representatives of helicopter operator CHC after the group's announcement that it was filling for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
This week union bosses said North Sea workers were “disenfranchised and getting angrier by the day”. At pay cuts and redundancies continue to dominate headlines, Energy Voice looks back at how the dialogue between employers and the unions has played out in the past year.
Pilots are flying into a "black hole" when landing on North Sea platforms at night.
A fatal helicopter crash in which four oil workers lost their lives two years ago has acted as a "catalyst" for lesson learning, according to the chief executive of HeliOffshore.
CHC has confirmed 18 employees have been made redundant after a consultation took place over roles. The company said it had been able to minimise the loss to its North Sea operations. In August CHC began a consultation with staff estimating 50 positions could be affected at its Aberdeen base.
The TUC has backed a motion calling for a concerted campaign to resist "commercial pressures" that offshore unions say could erode safety standards, cut jobs and training.
The industry has robustly defended itself against claims that looming pilot cuts were compromising safety. British Airline Pilots’ Association’s (BALPA) General Secretary Jim McAuslan, said pilots were at risk as the await final confirmation of job losses. McAuslan spoke to Energy Voice after surveying its members for current sentiment.
The threat of North Sea job losses is clouding the cockpit, according to the latest findings from the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA).
A call has been made by BALPA (The British Airline Pilots' Association) for the government to hold a summit on North Sea jobs. The plea comes after Bristow launched a consultation with staff over 130 positions. Bristow Helicopters told staff the global decline in oil price has prompted the decision, with up to 66 helicopter pilots and 64 other workers likely to be made redundant.
A pilots' union is considering whether to appeal a landmark legal decision to release the black box recorder from the Super Puma which crashed off Sumburgh in 2013 killing four oil industry workers. The British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) is due to announce this week whether it intends to try and block the release of the recordings to prosecutors. Earlier, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland successfully argued at the Court of Session that the black box should be released to the Crown Office in order to speed the investigation into whether any criminal proceedings should be brought in connection with the crash. Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland and George Allison, 57, from Winchester died when the Super Puma crashed two miles off the coast at Sumburgh, in August 2013.