The OCA has welcomed news that union officials have agreed to consult their members on a new pay deal

The Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) has welcomed news that union officials have agreed to consult their members on a new pay deal.

The proposal guarantees that basic and sick pay will increase by a minimum of 2% for each of the next two years. It is designed to keep pace with the cost of living by linking the second year to the Consumer Prices Index and applies an immediate 2% increase to basic (and all other elements that are linked to basic pay) and sick pay.

Paul Atkinson, Chief Executive of the Offshore Contractors Association, said: “This consultative ballot follows some positive negotiations that have focused on reaching an agreement that will help protect and sustain North Sea employment now and in the future.”

The Offshore Contractors Partnership Agreement (OCPA) is an industry wide pay agreement that is specifically designed to guarantee minimum pay and conditions amongst our member companies.

“We hope that union members will feel able to support our offer so we can move forward together in making sure that the North Sea is a great place to work and do business.”

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Notes to Editors

The OCA looks after the interests of companies involved in a range of activities, including mechanical, electrical and allied services, construction, modifications and maintenance work, design and project engineering, fabrication and decommissioning.

Combined, these organisations have a turnover in excess of £3 billion; a workforce of more than 20,000 employees and a presence on virtually every installation on the UK Continental Shelf.

Issued on behalf of the Offshore Contractors Association by Weber Shandwick.

Andrew Jones

01224 806600 / 07773 183928

andrew.jones@webershandwick.com