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North Sea Strike Ballot

Monday, February 16, 2015

GMB Scotland Seek Permission To Ballot For Strike Action Over Unilateral Cuts To Pay And Conditions For North Sea Offshore Contractors

There is a 'blatant opportunism' to fundamentally attack the terms and conditions of our members employed in the offshore industry says GMB.

GMB Scotland officers are to seek permission from GMB Scotland Regional Committee to move to ballot members covered by the Offshore Contractors Agreement over possible strike action following unilateral changes to working conditions.

This follows lack of progress when GMB and Unite met with representatives of the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) on Friday 13th February in London to further discuss the crisis in the North Sea caused by the decline in oil prices.

The Offshore Contractors Association is the body for offshore contractors based in Scotland. The agreement covers members working in mechanical, electrical and allied services, construction, modifications and maintenance work, design and project engineering, fabrication and decommissioning.

John Kelly, GMB Scotland Regional Officer, said “There is a 'blatant opportunism' on the part of some of the oil companies and contractors in seeking to fundamentally attack the terms and conditions of our members employed in the offshore industry.

There are also major concerns over the proposed changes to shift rotas and the health and safety implications that could follow from a major change. GMB believes that any changes to rotas could have a serious impact on the safety of those working offshore and we urge the companies to rethink the proposals.

My next step is to report to GMB Scotland Regional Committee. I intend to seek permission to consult members as to what response they want to see the union taking including a ballot for industrial action if the companies do not pull back on unilateral cuts.”


Contact: David Hulse, GMB National Officer on 07971 266157 or John Kelly GMB Scotland Regional Officer 07912 560805 or 0141 332 8641 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823



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