ABERDEEN, UK --Britain's Offshore Contractors' Association (OCA) has agreed new working patterns for offshore staff with the GMB and Unite (Amicus section) trade unions.
If members accept the offer, they will be able to take additional paid time off, rising to a total of four weeks by Oct. 2008. In return, the membership would withdraw existing legal challenges relating to holiday pay and entitlement. The overall package is worth around 7%, and should lead to the average weekly wage for a tradesman rising from £14.62 - £15.60 ($28.98 - $30.92).
Chris Allen, Oil & Gas UK director, said his association would continue to support the UK industry's position regarding paid annual leave in other cases not involving the OCA, namely that rotas worked already comply with the requirements of Working Time Regulations.
"On a typical equal time rota," he explained, "such as two weeks offshore and two weeks onshore, there is enough time off to cover every weekend, Bank Holiday, and 20 days' leave with more than seven weeks to spare…"