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Improved OCA Pay Deal Accepted

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The narrow margin of the yes vote should highlight to the offshore contractors they still have a dissatisfied workforce.

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. [1]

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 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."

Contact: Ross Murdoch on 07796 263626 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at

Notes to Editors:

[1] OCA Strike Looms After Ballot

Friday, June 30, 2017

Union says its time for the OCA and its client employers to get round the table and find a solution.

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