Unite the union today (Wednesday 13 December) confirmed its 2,500 members covered by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) are to be balloted on a new pay offer following constructive discussions with all OCA contractors this week. An online consultative ballot will open on Monday 17th December 2018, closing on Tuesday 8th January 2019 with Unite recommending acceptance of the pay offer. 

Negotiations with the OCA have been ongoing since January this year with several pay offers having been rejected. The proposed rates of pay (2019/20) consist of a proposed increase in the D1 hourly rate based on a Category B craftsperson of 4.8% for 2019 and 4% for 2020.

John Boland, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “After productive negotiations with the OCA contractors this week, a new offer will be put to Unite’s offshore membership. The offer is a significant improvement on the one made originally in June. The OCA have been left in no doubt of the anger felt by the workforce and we welcome the movement on their part to address the concerns of our members. Unite and our OCA shop stewards are recommending acceptance of this offer, but ultimately it is in hands of our members who will make the final decision on whether to accept”.


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For further information or comment contact Unite regional officers John Boland on 07918 630435, or Vic Fraser on 07718667245.

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.