Off­shore ro­tas move praised

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS - BY AL­LIS­TER THOMAS

Plans to put new work­ers at North Sea oil pro­ducer Chrysaor on a stan­dard off­shore rota are a “breath of fresh air”, ac­cord­ing to a union boss.

Last week, the firm com­pleted its £2 bil­lion ac­qui­si­tion of Cono­coPhillips’ North Sea as­sets and chief ex­ec­u­tive Phil Kirk said rota ar­range­ments were “top of the list”.

Around 600 core work­ers and 400 con­trac­tors are com­ing into the busi­ness, with Chrysaor plan­ning to move them from a two weeks on, two weeks off (2:2) sys­tem – and other vari­a­tions – to a 2:2, 2:4 pat­tern, im­prov­ing their terms and con­di­tions.

Core work­ers are be­ing con­sulted first, with con­trac­tors to fol­low, which Mr Kirk said would help make sure there are “no sec­ond­class cit­i­zens”.

RMT re­gional of­fi­cer

“Chrysaor is a breath of fresh air in terms of their ap­proach”

Jake Mol­loy praised the move, ar­gu­ing all op­er­a­tors and con­trac­tors should try to en­sure peo­ple work­ing on the same as­sets are on the same ro­tas.

Mr Mol­loy added: “Chrysaor is a breath of fresh air in terms of their ap­proach and at­ti­tude to­wards nar­row­ing that di­vide and cre­at­ing that one team cul­ture.

“Ro­tas, as we’ve said for the last four or five years, are the big­gest is­sue among work­ers.

“I’m de­lighted that Phil Kirk is es­sen­tially agree­ing with our po­si­tion that there is a ‘them and us’ and there doesn’t have to be, and he’s go­ing to do ev­ery­thing he can with Chrysaor to en­sure that di­vide is nar­rowed to the small­est mar­gin.”

RMT has been cam­paign­ing for a stan­dard­ised rota for the whole North Sea in­dus­try.

Ge­orge Steven­son

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