Union’s anger at ‘ag­gres­sive’ tac­tics over new con­tracts

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS -

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

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