GMB accepts OCA pay offer, but issues warning about next year’s N. Sea pay talks

GMB, the union for offshore workers, has accepted an improved pay deal from the OCA after balloting members.

The revised pay offer was given the nod after 54% of members voted to accept.

Industrial action had looked on the cards when members voted to strike after rejecting a previous offer from the OCA in June 2017.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said: “GMB welcomes the result – which means a better pay deal for members.

“However the narrow margin of the yes vote – along with a similar close ballot by our sister union Unite – should highlight to the offshore contractors that they still have a dissatisfied workforce.

“GMB members had voted in favour of industrial action on the previous OCA offer.

“Therefore, as we now move towards the 2018-19 pay negotiations, GMB calls on the OCA and its signatory employers to recognise this, and come up with a meaningful offer that reflects a rising cost of living.”

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19 Sept 2017

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