Offshore rotas move praised
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.