Union’s anger at ‘aggressive’ tactics over new contracts
An offshore union has accused Oceaneering of using “aggressive” tactics to force Aberdeen workers to accept less favourable contracts.
Unite regional officer John Boland said the US firm had issued “notices of termination” to 40 of its non-destructive technicians in the Granite City.
Mr Bola nd said
Houston-headquartered Oceaneering would try to “re-engage” them on the new terms.
The company has been embroiled in a dispute with its employees over the last few months, he said.
Mr Boland said the changes would have a “negative effect” on their terms and conditions and had been turned down by workers. He said: “Unite will do everything it can to support our members from an aggressive employer that will not listen to its employees and believes it can just terminate a whole workforce and force them on to a new contract.”
A spokeswoman for Oceaneering declined to comment.
Mr Boland also said
Unite was in a “battle” to get “recognised” by Oceaneering and a hearing was slated for later this month.
In December 2017, Unite accused the engineering firm of adopting “Trumpstyle” union-busting tactics at its base in Rosyth, Fife.
At the time, the union said Oceaneering had overstepped the mark by bypassing the union and taking a new terms and conditions offer directly to its Rosyth workforce.
In August, Oceaneering revealed plans to consolidate its seven north-east offices into a new location at Aberdeen International Business Park in Dyce, which can accommodate more than 300 employees.
John Boland of Unite