A UNION has urged offshore caterers to agree to a new pay offer – but if it is rejected workers will “immediately begin preparing for strike action”.
Unite is recommending its members vote in favour of a new pay deal, which includes increases in the offshore delay payment from £40 to £75 and introduces a payment for workers who take on training for emergency duties out of their normal working hours.
Peter Bruce, chair of the Caterers Offshore Trade Association, said: “We are pleased that the negotiation committee from Unite and RMT has accepted our revised offer and is encouraging their members to do likewise through a consultative ballot this week.
“This deal is the best that can be achieved in this tough economic climate and we believe that it is a fair offer for employees. Previous ballots have produced a low turnout so we urge all union members to vote this time and have their say. It is important that the ballot represents all views.”
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