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OCA Strike Looms

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Union to ballot for industrial action as long-running negotiations break down.

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

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.

Talks have broken down and the GMB have formally registered a failure to agree with OCA.

Although this means there is a six week window to try and solve the dispute.

Dave Hulse GMB National Officer, said:

“After long drawn out negotiations and a consultative ballot of GMB Members which resulted in our members rejecting the OCA proposals, GMB and UNITE have now formally registered a failure to agree over our pay claim for 2016/17.

“Our members believe that over recent times that they have been treated with contempt and enough is enough.

“We now have a window under the OCA agreement to try and find a way forward. But we now intend to start preparing for a possible ballot for industrial action.

“But our door is always open for further talks to try and find a resolution."


Contact: David Hulse on 07971266157 or at

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