22 November 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT serves notice for strike action in fight for justice for North Sea contract workers.
OFFSHORE UNION RMT along with our Trade Union colleagues Unite and GMB have today issued notice of strike action with offshore members employed with North Sea contractors Ponticelli and Semco.
RMT members at Semco Maritime and Ponticelli UK Ltd are instructed not to book on for work on the following dates between:
0600 hours on Monday 6th December and 0559 Tuesday 7th December
0600 hours Wednesday 8th December and 0559 Thursday 9th December
0600 hours Friday 10th December and 0559 Saturday 11th December
0600 hours Monday 13th December and 0559 Tuesday 14th December
0600 hours Wednesday 15th December and 0559 Thursday 16th December
0600 hours Friday 17th December and 0559 Saturday 18th December
0600 hours Monday 20th December and 0559 Tuesday 21st December
Additionally, action short of strike in the form of an overtime ban and no higher grade duties will be in place.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said:
“The offshore unions, including RMT, warned that the harmonisation exercise of contracts across Total’s operations by the consortium including Ponticelli and Semco risked an attack on our members’ terms and conditions.
“We have served notice on these companies, who are covered by the collective Energy Services Agreement with RMT and our fellow offshore unions.
“RMT will not tolerate our offshore oil and gas members being treated unfairly, however we are consulting our members in line with due process to consider an improved offer.”