Energy Voice | North Sea workers accept OCA pay offer

Unite union members have voted to accept a revised pay offer from the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA), according to an offshore union representative.

John Boland, Unite regional officer, confirmed members voted to “accept the pay offer on a 71% return ballot”.

The union later verified that it’s 2,500 members covered by the OCA had accepted the revised offer.

The revised pay offer tabled in December 2018 outlined a proposed increase of 4.8% for 2019 and 4% for 2020.

The agreement on the pay deal will avert future North Sea strike action.

Mr Boland added: “After a long process, Unite members have accepted the revised pay offer by the OCA. The two year pay deal represents a significant improvement on the initial OCA offer, which has been recognised by our offshore members who perform difficult and arduous jobs.

“We are pleased that following this democratic decision by our membership that we can put this period of uncertainty behind us.”

Negotiations with the OCA have been ongoing since January and two pay offers have already been rejected.

Unite, the largest offshore union, said in 2018 the “vast majority” of its members covered by the OCA agreement had voted for industrial action.

The legal thresholds were met at Aker Solutions, Altrad and Sparrows Offshore Services, but not at any other OCA member companies.

However, Unite said the outcome would still be enough to result in about 1,000 workers downing tools.

More to follow.

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