Strike looms as N. Sea trade unions reject pay offer from Offshore Contractors Association

Hundreds of North Sea oil workers could be set to strike after GMB members formally registered a ‘failure to agree’.

Trade Union officers and the Offshore Union Reps have recently attended direct talks with the employers in the Offshore Contractors Association.

A GMB spokesman said: “We are now awaiting the final written confirmation of a pay offer from the OCA employers within the next few days.

“Once we have formally received the OCA’s final offer we will communicate further with members.”

The union has been locked in a long-running dispute with the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) – the umbrella body for offshore contractors – over pay and conditions.

Paul Atkinson, Chief Executive of the Aberdeen-based Offshore Contractors Association, said: “We are continuing to discuss our proposal with union officials.

“Our commitment is to working with them to reach an agreement that protects and sustains the North Sea industry and employment opportunities within the sector, now and in the long-term.”

Talks broke down in December 2016 and the GMB have today formally registered a failure to agree with OCA, whose members comprise; – 

  • AMEC Foster Wheeler 
  • Aker Offshore Partner 
  • Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services UK
  • Cape plc
  • Muehlhan Industrial Services
  • Petrofac Facilities Management
  • Sparrows Offshore Services 
  • Stork Technical Services
  • Wood Group PSN 

Combined, these organisations have a turnover of more than £3 billion and a workforce of more than 20,000 employees.


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