Unite Scotland has today (3 April) welcomed Conntrak joining the offshore caterers’ agreement which covers around 2,750 workers. The new company will be part of the Catering Offshore Trade Association (COTA) alongside six other offshore catering companies including ESS, Entier, Trinity, Aramark, Sodexo and Foss. COTA members deliver catering and ancillary services across installations in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Shauna Wright, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite would like to take this opportunity to welcome Conntrak Catering into the COTA agreement and look forward to working with them in the future. The COTA agreement now covers seven companies in the offshore catering services section within the North Sea. This is good news during this difficult time and this announcement is welcomed by our offshore members. It’s hoped that it will increase career opportunities in this sector and increase demand for this skill set.”

Craig Ogden, Conntrack managing director, commented: “Conntrak has formally joined COTA the Catering Offshore Trade Association as part of the commitment to enter UKCS. We believe that the North Sea and in particular UKCS remains one of the key offshore oil & gas hubs, it is a centre of technical expertise and as such it was important to us that we establish ourselves here and demonstrate our capability in this market.”

Ronnie Kelman, chairman of COTA added: “We are delighted to welcome Conntrak Catering Services to “The Caterers Offshore Trade Association” and look forward to developing a positive working relationship with Craig, David and colleagues across the UKCS.”


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.