New pay of­fer ‘not up to scratch’

In­dus­try: Union mem­bers of Unite and GMB re­ject se­cond deal from their em­ploy­ers

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY ALAN SHIELDS AND KEITH FIND­LAY

Mem­bers of Scot­land’s big­gest off­shore trades union have voted to re­ject a pay of­fer.

In a con­sul­ta­tive bal­lot, 81% of Unite mem­bers voted to re­ject the lat­est deal put for­ward by their em­ploy­ers, rep­re­sented by the Off­shore Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (OCA). It is the se­cond pay of­fer re­jected by mem­bers of both Unite and the GMB union.

In De­cem­ber, 85% of Unite mem­bers voted to re­ject a pre­vi­ous OCA pro­posal that it was claimed would have seen no in­crease in their pay and no im­prove­ment to their terms and con­di­tions.

Yes­ter­day, Unite re­gional of­fi­cer Tommy Camp­bell said: “We have re­peat­edly warned the OCA em­ploy­ers and other off­shore em­ploy­ers that we can­not sim­ply have a race to the bot­tom, with com­pa­nies com­pet­ing with each other to sup­press the pay and con­di­tions of off­shore work­ers.

“Those com­pa­nies who in­vest in their work­ers and see them as gen­uine part­ners will reap the ben­e­fits in the fu­ture. Those who don’t will end up lag­ging be­hind, and will al­ways face the pos­si­bil­ity of in­dus­trial ac­tion from their work­force.

“We will now con­sult with our union mem­bers and Unite work­place rep­re­sen­ta­tives about the way for­ward, given they now have a man­date for an in­dus­trial ac­tion bal­lot fol­low­ing the re­jec­tion of the pay of­fer.”

Unite is seek­ing a sig­nif­i­cant wage in­crease for mem­bers, along with im­proved sick pay and paid travel time to an em­ployer’s on­shore base.

“They now have a man­date for an in­dus­trial ac­tion bal­lot”

OCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Atkin­son said: “We are ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that mem­bers of Unite who took part in the con­sul­ta­tive bal­lot have re­jected our pay of­fer.

“Our pri­or­ity is to find ways of avoid­ing in­dus­trial ac­tion. We will con­tinue to main­tain an on­go­ing di­a­logue with union of­fi­cials in an at­tempt to bring this to a res­o­lu­tion.”

Last night, the GMB said nearly two-thirds (61%) of its mem­bers voted to re­ject the lat­est deal put for­ward by their em­ploy­ers.

GMB na­tional of­fi­cer Dave Hulse added: “The of­fer the em­ploy­ers have made is just not up to scratch.”

NO GO: 81% of Unite and 61% of GMB mem­bers re­jected the OCA deal

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