5 November 2020
RMT Press Office:
The potential to establish a ground breaking new collective agreement for thousands of engineering and maintenance workers in the North Sea moved a step closer this week. A total of 15 major contractors from the energy sector supply chain confirmed their support for a deal with the three unions involved, RMT, Unite and GMB.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“The news that 15 major employers have committed to work with the unions in the establishment of a framework for collective bargaining in the offshore energy sector is extremely encouraging.
The collaborative working of the trade unions and industry is an illustration of what is required to deliver a just and green recovery for workers and the UK energy supply chain. What we want to see now is Government support for this exemplar in collaboration.
“If successful this new “Energy Services Agreement” will be ground breaking, a first of it’s kind for the UK energy sector. This would be an historic event for a sector which has seen boom and bust cycles causing extreme difficulties for workers and employers alike over the last decade.
“Stability, sustainability and security of employment for the sector are critical and this deal could deliver.”