Our members have more than played their part in ensuring OCA employers achieve very healthy profits –they fully deserve what is effectively a cost of living increase
GMB, the union for offshore workers, has today opened an industrial action ballot of members working under the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) national agreement.
The industrial action ballot has come at the end of a lengthy process and set of pay negotiations, which has seen two offers rejected by members.
Negotiations with the OCA have been ongoing since January this year.
The ballot begins today [Tuesday 2 October 2018] and will close on November 5.
GMB members are seeking a 4% uplift in basic pay and associated allowances.
They will be balloted on whether they wish to support industrial strike action and action short of strike action.
If there is a vote in favour either or both of these ballot questions, industrial action would take place from November 2018.
Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said:
"It is unfortunate that matters have come to this.
“However our members have more than played their part in ensuring OCA employers achieve very healthy profits –they fully deserve what is effectively a cost of living increase.
“The door is still open for OCA employers to return to the bargaining table with an improved offer to avert what could potentially be costly disruption in terms of both cost and reputation."