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Unions

North Sea

Trade unions team up in fight against North Sea job losses

Five unions have today joined forces in the battle to safeguard the North Sea’s workforce. The Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG) will “lead the fightback” on job losses, pay cuts, safety and terms and conditions for workers. It comprises Unite, RMT, GMB, Balpa and Nautilus, many of which have been embroiled in disputes with employers over these issues since the oil price started to slide.

Oil & Gas

OCA boss to step down in new year

Offshore Contractors’ Association (OCA) chief executive Bill Murray plans to step down from the post after more than 13 years, it emerged yesterday. An OCA spokeswoman confirmed he would retire from the role sometime in the new year, but gave no more details. OCA is the leading representative body for the UK’s oil and gas contracting and supply industry.

Oil & Gas

Unions call off offshore strike ballot

Trade unions have shelved plans for a strike action ballot over North Sea working conditions following negotiations with industry bosses yesterday. Last night the Unite union said the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) tabled an improved offer for offshore workers during the latest round of talks in Aberdeen. Unite regional officer Willie Wallace, said: “Today’s talks have been constructive and we have made enough progress to be able to put an improved offer from the OCA to our membership."

Europe

Unions call to end ‘slash and burn’ approach

Union bosses have called for an end to what they branded "slash and burn" tactics in the oil and gas industry. They made the plea after offshore giant BP's announcement earlier this week 300 jobs would go. The price of Brent crude has dropped to a six-year low, fuelling fears of widespread redundancies.