OCA remains committed to pay increase

The Offshore Contractors’ Association has confirmed that it remains willing to implement a 2% increase in basic pay for offshore employees, despite the trade unions announcing plans to hold an industrial ballot.  

The OCA said unfortunately their very best efforts to reach a workable settlement have been stalled by officials from Unite and the GMB, who have consistently refused to engage with them in reaching any settlement. 

Paul Atkinson, CEO of the Offshore Contractors Association said: “Our offer guarantees that basic pay will be linked to inflation up to 2019 ensuring that wages keep pace with the cost of living.

“We believe that our offer balances the need to reward employees while supporting the requirements of each OCA member company and our collective overarching aim; to ensure job opportunities in the North Sea now and in the long-term.

“It is extremely disappointing that the trade unions are refusing to engage with us on the  issues that matter to their members.  

“We will continue to do all we can to avoid any disruption. Industrial action will only serve to make investment in the North Sea less attractive and jeopardise the long-term future of the industry.”


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