About OCA

The Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) has represented its member companies in a range of offshore activities since 1995. Working directly with trade unions the OCA negotiates the Offshore Contractors’ Partnership Agreement (OCPA) which sets minimum rates of pay and standards for employees.

1970’s to 1989

1970’s to 1989

Multitude of active trade associations including: OCPCA (Offshore Contractors Council), Oil & Chemical Plant Contractors, Electrical Contractors Association, Electrical Contractors (Scotland), Jacket Club, Module Contractors Association.

1989 to 1991

1989 to 1991

Major disruption offshore in the form of wildcat strikes

1991

1991

The Offshore Contractors Council which operated in Aberdeen and the Manufacturers and Contractors Association which operated in London were formed.

1995

1995

The Offshore Contractors Council and the Manufactures Contractors Associations came together to form the OCA and model terms of employment were introduced.

1999

1999

The Employment Relations Act 1999 was introduced to provide statutory recognition for trade unions in collective bargaining. This was a key milestone in industrial relations.

2000

2000

The "OCA", AEEU (now Unite) and GMB created a collective agreement based on the model terms.

Today

Today

The collective agreement is now known as the Offshore Contractors’ Partnership Agreement (OCPA) which is signed by representatives from the association and the partner trade unions which currently remain as Unite and GMB.