Unite the union today (Tuesday 8 January) confirmed its 2,500 members covered by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) have accepted the revised pay offer following an online ballot on a 71 per cent turnout. Unite and its OCA shop stewards had recommended acceptance of the pay offer to its offshore membership.

Negotiations with the OCA were initiated in January 2018 with several previous offers having been rejected. The revised pay offer in December 2018 consisted of a proposed increase in the D1 hourly rate based on a Category B craftsperson of 4.8 per cent for 2019 and 4 per cent for 2020.

John Boland, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “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.” 


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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.