New pay offer ‘not up to scratch’
Industry: Union members of Unite and GMB reject second deal from their employers
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