Trade union Unite has announced that it will ballot its members on a ‘revised’ pay offer on Equinor’s Mariner platform.
The union confirmed today that a new offer had been tabled by oil field service firm Aker Solutions and that its membership had agreed to remove an overtime ban as a gesture of “good will”.
Unite also said the new offer from Aker Solutions “addresses a number of key concerns” raised in the successful ballot for industrial action including training, turnable beds nightly allowance, standby and bonus payments.
A fresh vote on the offer will take place on August 13.
Some 83.4% of Unite members on a 80.1% turnout voted to reject the previous offer.
Unite regional officer John Boland said: “There has been significant movement by Aker management over the last week to address a number of the key concerns our membership had which led to an overwhelming mandate for industrial action. These latest negotiations have been conducted in a constructive way which led to Unite making the decision to remove the overtime working ban as a gesture of goodwill.
“The new offer will be put to our membership in a consultative ballot with a recommendation to accept, but it is ultimately in their hands as to whether they think this is an acceptable offer.”
Crew on the £4.5billion project downed tools for eight hours in an “unofficial strike” on April 7 in a dispute over pay and working conditions.
They are believed to have declined to work overtime the following day.
Trade union sources suggested a lack of accommodation had led to unfavourable changes in shift patterns.