The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipients of this year’s STUC Organising Award are the Unite Wood Group Shop Stewards working on Shell Contracts in the North Sea.
The award is being given in recognition of their work to organise and recruit trade union members and activists to challenge attacks on terms and conditions of Unite members working on the contract.
Particular recognition should be given to the innovative approach they adopted to increase collectivism and communication with Unite members across all platforms, vitally important in the North Sea, using social media, texts and e-mails in the absence of opportunity for mass meetings.
STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said
“The work of these Unite Stewards to organise on the back of the first industrial dispute in nearly three decades has been remarkable, particularly as this happened within a sector where the industry approach to trade unions is far from positive.
“The reps have organised themselves, not only to challenge attitudes to trade unions but to send a clear message to offshore employers that arbitrary attacks on terms and conditions are unacceptable and that the way to seek agreement is through negotiation.
“Unite increased their membership substantially in the run up to the ballot and perhaps, more importantly, they have sustainable trade union structures in place to challenge any future undemocratic attack on the terms and conditions of Unite members.
Patrick McGuire from Thompsons Solicitors said
“This award shows the importance of trade unions in protecting the livelihoods of their members and their families regardless of where they work. This shows trade unions can demonstrate power even in the harshest of work environments”
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