Our Ref: SH/0001/ODIA
18th April 2019
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2018 – ODIA
As most of you are aware, negotiations have been on-going for some considerable length of time and I would like to update you now on the latest developments. Your negotiating team met with the signatories on 11th April to discuss your rejection of their most recent offer. The signatories have emphatically stated that for them, there has been no change and there is nothing more in the ‘pot’.
Your union has expressed the view to the signatories that it is time that the oil companies increased their rates for diving operations so that there would be more give as this is what you and your colleagues are looking for. RMT has been asked to clarify its position and it has been explained that if there no improved offer is tabled, then we would move to a ballot for industrial action. At the conclusion of these talks, the following timetable has been proposed to move things forward:-
• The signatories have been given until Friday 26th April 2019 to make a revised offer.
• If not significantly improved offer is not received, a report will be placed before the RMT National Executive Committee (NEC) recommending that we commence with the process for an industrial action ballot.
• If an improved offer is received by 26th April, the NEC will consider it and put it to an electronic referendum (as has been done previously) which will run for one week, closing on 3rd May, giving you the option to have your say on the offer. However, the NEC could reject the offer outright and move straight to an industrial action ballot.
• I must make it clear to you that an industrial ballot by law has to be conducted as a postal ballot. There would be at least a five week voting period to ensure that everyone has their chance to vote. Before any ballot can take place, our records must be as up to date as possible.
I urge you all to ensure that your details are correct by contacting either RMT Helpline on 0800 376 3706 or RMT regional office in Aberdeen on 01224 210118. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.The details are your employer, the vessel you mostly work on, whether you are contract or day rate and your home address and other contact details.