Oil and gas industry workers covered by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement are holding a consultative ballot on the latest insulting deal from employers.
Only Unite and GMB union members are voting but the agreement also affects many RMT/OilC union members. It closes on 4 November.
OCA chief executive Paul Atkinson claims the deal gives workers a “substantial pay rise”— a pitiful 0.8 percent, or less than £350 a year, that will be cancelled out by other attacks.
Similarly, the “improved sick pay” Atkinson offers amounts to an extra £1.50 a week.
Offshore union activist Harry said, “The offshore workforce is sick of the historic beating they are taking from the OCA on their terms and conditions.”
Union activists launched a petition last weekend calling on Atkinson to resign immediately.
Workers should reject the OCA deal and call on their unions to move to an industrial action ballot.
Reballots have opened the way to bigger struggle