Offshore GMB Scotland members vote to accept pay offer
Offshore workers have voted to accept a new pay offer signalling the end of a long-running industrial dispute in the North Sea.
The union’s members working offshore for Stork Technical Services supported the revised offer of a 10% salary increase backdated to January.
The results of the ballot showed 54% of members accepted the offer - including a backdated 6% rise on top of a 4% increase paid from January - after a dispute which provoked a series of strikes disrupting work on a number of rigs over the summer.
However, Alan Ritchie, GMB Scotland organiser, said the vote was close and reflected the anger of offshore workers that their wages and conditions have been relentlessly attacked in recent years.
“The result is a clear reflection of the strength of feeling among our members.
“Their wages have not kept up with the cost of living and the action taken in recent months and the result of this ballot should send a very clear signal to all companies operating across the North Sea.
“Our members are part of a skilled and committed workforce and unwilling to accept the continuing deterioration of their pay and conditions in real terms.
"Their willingness to take industrial action to secure this revised offer is a testament to their determination and unity."