Offshore trade unions launch new co-ordinating group in response to North Sea crisis

February 8th 2016

Speaking at the launch in Aberdeen of the Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG), Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said:

“The collapse in the oil price since summer 2014 has had profound consequences for the oil and gas workforce. There have been thousands of job losses, unprecedented attacks on terms and conditions and growing fears over the safety regime.

“Recognising the scale of the challenges, the offshore unions (UNITE, RMT, GMB, BALPA and Nautilus), supported by the STUC, have come together to form the Offshore Co-ordinating Group which is launched today. Through co ordinating campaigns and policy development, the OCG will support the fightback on jobs, safety and terms and conditions and ensure that trade unions make a positive contribution to achieving the UK and Scottish Governments’ objective of maximising economic recovery.

“The OCG strongly believes there is a future worth fighting for and, in the State of the Industry report published today, a number of areas for priority action are highlighted. These include the necessity of building and maintaining excellent health and safety standards and processes, adhering to collective agreements and developing a coherent plan for maximising economic recovery.

“It is essential that Government, employers, regulators and agencies listen to the united voice of the offshore workforce.”

ENDS

Notes

1 The OCG will publish regular State of the Industry reports which will include commentary on the current state of the industry from a trade union perspective and a brief focus on specific issues of interest or concern. The first report is attached.

2 The first OCG commissioned research report – considering working hours across a range of safety critical occupations - will be published in the spring.

Contact: Stephen Boyd, STUC Assistant Secretary 0141 337 8100

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