Unions accept revised offshore workers’ deal following prolonged dispute
OFFSHORE workers have accepted a revised contract offer following a prolonged dispute over pay and conditions in the North Sea.
Workers were voting on a third pay offer from the Offshore Contractors’ Association (OCA), which represents nine employers.
The employees turned down a 2% pay rise earlier this year, having already rejected an offer at the end of 2016. Trade unions had been holding out for better terms, including a wage increase, along with improved sick pay and paid travel time for their members. Unions then held a series of industrial action ballots, but they did not gain enough support for a strike. The OCA subsequently proposed a 2% pay increase and a £450 lump sum for certain employees.
Last month the Unite, RMT and GMB trade unions recommended that their members accept the revised offer.
The OCA, whose members include Amec Foster Wheeler, Petrofac and Wood Group PSN, welcomed the decision to vote in favour of the new deal.