23 July 2019
RMT Press Office:
RMT welcomes step forward towards inclusion in the Offshore Contractors Partnership Agreement
OFFSHORE union RMT has written to the Offshore Contractors Association in support of the Statement of Intent over the future inclusion of the RMT amongst signatory trade unions to the Offshore Contractors Partnership Agreement (OCPA).
Sixty eight companies are signed up to the OCPA, including major employers Petrofac, Aker, Worley, Wood, Stork and Sparrows. In 2017, around 76% of the c49,000 workers on North Sea oil and gas installations were employed by contractors.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“This is a welcome step in the right direction. RMT have made a significant contribution to the negotiations that led to the current OCPA being agreed.
“The Statement of Intent recognizes this and lights the way to the RMT becoming formally included amongst the OCPA signatory unions, alongside our brothers and sisters in Unite and GMB.
“Trade union co-ordination at this stage in the life cycle of the North Sea’s oil and gas reserves is essential and we look forward to adding our offshore members’ voices to the development of the OCPA, with RMT an equal partner in those vital negotiations over pay and conditions.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Offshore Contractors Association website lists current members http://www.ocainternet.com/
2. OGUK’s Workforce Report 2018 contains the latest offshore oil and gas workforce figures, pg.18 https://oilandgasuk.cld.bz/Workforce-Report-2018