Unite the union has today (18 October) requested urgent talks regarding the treatment of elected trade union representatives for Bilfinger on the Culzean offshore hook-up project.

Unite representatives were scheduled to report for pre-mobilisation training ahead of the normal three week rotation on the Culzean. However, the day before travel the reps were informed that Total had requested they be ‘down-manned’ from the Culzean. 

The Unite reps had raised a range of concerns on the Culzean including a claim for a bonus. Last week, a consultative ballot showed 100 per cent support for industrial action on a turnout of 81 per cent in pursuit of a fair bonus scheme. An internal investigation at Bilfinger is also pending following Unite raising concerns about members being allegedly threatened with Not Required Back (NRB).

Unite regional industrial officer Tommy Campbell, said: “We are extremely suspicious about the motives behind the decision to effectively remove our elected representatives from the Culzean project and to put them on a week’s notice. The representatives had supported Bilfinger workers to speak up about alleged threats of “NRB” and bullying. As a result of their willingness to stand up for hundreds of workers to demand fair treatment at work and to support a reasonable bonus claim, it appears that they are being singled out and removed from the project. Unite is now deeply concerned that our representatives are being openly targeted on the Culzean offshore project and we are seeking urgent talks to clarify the position.”

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For more information contact Tommy Campbell on 07810157920.

Notes to editors:

  • 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.