The country`s main offshore union also welcomed last week a complementary project agreement (SPA) for workers covered by the Offshore Contracting Partnership Agreement (OCPA). The BSG will ensure that Unite members, threatened with dismissal or dismissal, and those who have recently been dismissed, can benefit from the UK government`s job-retention programme. It will also protect those with underlying health problems who have been asked to “protect” themselves. “This is another great asset for Unite in the offshore sector, and we will continue to fight to improve all conditions for our offshore members, whether in the manufacturing, construction and drilling sectors.” Unite Scotland today (7 April) welcomed an agreement to lay off catering workers at sea during the covid-19 pandemie. The Catering Offshore Trade Association (COTA), which has approximately 2,750 workers, comprises seven offshore catering companies, including Conntrak, ESS, Entier, Trinity, Aramark, Sodexo and Foss. COTA members provide catering and auxiliary services for all facilities on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Shauna Wright, Unite`s regional industry manager, said: “Unite Scotland is pleased that all COTA companies in the North Sea have decided to implement the Furlough public retention system that we have championed across the offshore sector. The agreement will alleviate fear and fear for hundreds of our members who provide food and ancillary services abroad because their jobs are secure, and it will also reduce the financial hardship that a layoff situation would entail at that time. Unite`s regional industry chief, Vic Fraser, called the agreement “in the right direction for workers.” “This included the overtime rate, which must now be paid for all delays at sea, including weather delays. Shauna Wright, Unite`s regional industry manager, said: “Unite would like to take this opportunity to welcome Conntrak Catering to the cota agreement and look forward to working with them in the future. The COTA agreement now covers seven companies in the North Sea foodservice sector. This is good news at this difficult time and this announcement is welcomed by our offshore members.
It is hoped that this will increase career prospects in this sector and increase the demand for these skills. Craig Ogden, Managing Director of Conntrack, said: “Conntrak has officially joined the Offshore Trade Association as part of its commitment to join UKCS.