Unite the union has today (26 November) welcomed a three per cent pay rise for Odfjell Drilling workers in the offshore industry. The package also included average holiday pay and an increase in Christmas holiday pay.

The pay deal for 2019/20 was accepted by 82 per cent in a consultative ballot with 93 per cent of Unite members participating in the ballot. Over 50 workers on the company’s mobile offshore drilling unit will receive the pay award which is backdated from June 2019. The unit roams around in different nations' territorial waters. There will also be a grading review in order to close the gap between the lowest and best paid positions on the unit.

John Clark, Unite regional industrial officer, said: "This is the first time that Unite has negotiated with Odjfell Drilling in relation to the workers on the mobile offshore drilling unit. The three per cent pay award was overwhelmingly accepted but there remains work to do in relation to the company’s proposals to harmonise wage levels. However, this is a significant victory for Unite offshore members and gives us a platform to build on for the future.”

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.