Unite the union has today (26 September) confirmed that Unite members have accepted a revised pay offer from Total with 61.9 per cent in favour on a 93 per cent turnout.

Unite has held talks with Total E&P over several weeks at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) in an effort to break the deadlock in the protracted dispute on the Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin rigs. The acceptance of the revised offer from Total will mean a basic headline pay increase of 15 per cent plus substantial retention bonuses as compensation for the 3:3 rotas being retained. All future industrial action is now cancelled.

Wullie Wallace, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite members have accepted the latest offer by Total on the basis of securing a number of significant improvements from the previous offer. This has been a long and protracted dispute following months of negotiations but we have secured a significant victory with a 15 per cent base increase and a substantial bonus for the workforce.

"Unite retains serious concerns over the 3/3 rota system, which we will monitor. On balance, our members have agreed to this new offer and all industrial action is now cancelled. The award shows the value of being in a strong union and builds upon the other recent awards established in the North Sea for our offshore members."

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For more information contact Wullie Wallace on 01224645271 or 07712444952.

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.