Unions ac­cept re­vised off­shore work­ers’ deal fol­low­ing pro­longed dis­pute

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad -

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.

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