Commenting after the Accident Investigation Board press conference in Norway, Tommy Campbell chair of the Offshore Coordinating Group said:
"The Offshore Coordinating Group stands shoulder to shoulder with the Norwegian trade unions in their demand that the Puma 225 helicopter must be grounded until proof of the cause of Friday's tragic crash has been presented by the Accident Investigation Board.
"Workers in both the Norwegian and UK sectors must have genuine guarantees from regulators before flights in this aircraft can be considered. Statements from manufacturers and operators will not suffice.
"Until such guarantees are forthcoming, workers must not be forced to fly in the Puma 225. We therefore welcome the statement from Step Change in Safety to the effect that workers choosing not to fly must be treated sympathetically. The OCG and its member unions will vigorously defend any worker threatened with disciplinary action for refusing to fly".
The OCG was recently established to coordinate trade union policy and campaigns in the oil and gas sector. The following unions are members of the OCG: Unite, RMT, GMB, BALPA and Nautilus International.
Tommy Campbell, Unite and Chair OCG 07810157920
Jake Molloy, RMT and Vice Chair OCG 07711 359 705
Richard Toomer, BALPA 020 8476 4093