3 May 2017
RMT Press Office:
Commenting as Unite, RMT and GMB members working for nine different OCA companies across North Sea installations are to be balloted for industrial action, Steve Doran of the Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG) and Nautilus International said:
“The OCG strongly supports this ballot for strike action and is hugely disappointed with the OCA’s unreasonable and provocative approach to negotiations which have rendered this as inevitable. The unions have asked the OCA employers to revisit their proposals and to offer up a workable solution through meaningful dialogue. The OCA failed to do this during recent ACAS facilitated discussions.
“The OCG also notes that the OCA employer’s hostile approach to its workers stands in stark contrast to the shamelessly generous treatment of their respective senior executives and shareholders. The oil and gas unions have always understood the pressures on operators and contractors resulting from the low oil price. However, OCA employers aren’t even pretending that the pain will be evenly shared; instead seeking to ruthlessly deny many loyal workers any form of improvement after 2 bruising years of pay cuts and detrimental changes to their work rotas.
“It is essential that the OCA employers engage in meaningful negotiations with the Trade Unions in a genuine effort to resolve this pay and conditions dispute.”