Category Archives: Unions


GMB Members Accept Latest OCA Proposals

August 5, 2015

GMB union members have voted to accept the latest proposals by the Offshore Contractors’ Association (OCA) over changes to conditions for offshore workers in the North Sea. The latest development follows the news last month that Unite union members decided to reject the proposals, with 63.5 percent of balloted members voting against the OCA’s offer… Continue Reading »


Unite Members Reject Latest OCA Proposals

August 1, 2015

Unite union members have rejected the latest proposals by the Offshore Contractors’ Association (OCA) over changes to conditions for offshore workers in the North Sea, increasing the likelihood of industrial action. The latest development follows last month’s news that unions put official industrial action ballots on hold while considering an improved offer from the OCA…. Continue Reading »


Petrobras Union Begins 24-Hour Strike Against Asset Sales, Oil Bill

July 27, 2015

Brazilian oil workers began a 24-hour strike on Friday in an effort to stop efforts to shrink state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, according to the main union representing the workers. FUP, the country’s largest oil workers union federation, said on Friday that workers on 15 oil platforms had laid down tools and… Continue Reading »


Norway Rig Workers Agree Wage Deal, Avoid Strike

June 27, 2015

Norwegian offshore oil rig workers signed a new wage deal on Thursday, avoiding a strike that could have cut energy production, labour unions said. Union representatives said all workers would get a 1 percent wage increase but added that the minimum raise would be $702.01 per year. This means the lowest-paid workers would get an… Continue Reading »


Unions Put North Sea Strike Ballot on Hold Following Improved OCA Offer

June 22, 2015

GMB announced Thursday that it has put its official strike ballot on hold while its members consider a revised offer of working conditions from the Offshore Contractors’ Association. GMB and Unite officials held talks with the OCA in Aberdeen June 17 regarding unilateral changes to conditions for workers covered by the Offshore Contractors Agreement in… Continue Reading »


Nigerian Oil Union Shuts Down Halliburton Operation Over Job Cuts

May 27, 2015

Nigeria’s main oil union has shut down the local operations of U.S. oilfield services provider Halliburton Co. in protest against job cuts, the trade body said on Tuesday. Tokunbo Korodo, Lagos chairman for the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), told Reuters the group halted operations on Monday saying it was opposed… Continue Reading »


Unite Joins GMB in Calling for North Sea Strike Action

May 25, 2015

UK trade union Unite has joined the GMB union in a fight to defend offshore workers’ terms and conditions, threatening strike action by its members. Unite announced Friday that it will issue a legal notice warning of industrial action to the Offshore Contractors’ Association, following a breakdown in negotiations to resolve a dispute over conditions for offshore workers… Continue Reading »


GMB Union Calls for Strike Action in UK North Sea

May 23, 2015

GMB announced Thursday that a strike ballot will go ahead after talks failed to resolve a dispute over changes to terms for offshore workers in UK waters. The union, along with Unite officials, held talks Wednesday with the Offshore Contractors’ Association about changes to employment conditions for workers covered by the Offshore Contract Agreement, including… Continue Reading »


Unions To Ballot UK North Sea Oil Workers Over Appetite For Strike

March 22, 2015

Trade unions Unite and GMB are balloting their members working offshore in Britain’s oil and gas industry to gauge appetite for strike action over changes to shift patterns and other grievances. The two unions represent about 3,000 offshore workers, including engineers and scaffolders, in the Offshore Contractors Association. John Kelley, a regional organiser for the… Continue Reading »


Technip-MMHE Joint Venture Officially Launched

September 25, 2014

Technip and Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE) have officially launched the Technip-MMHE Join Venture (TMJV) at the 2nd Malaysia Oil & Gas Services Exhibition and Conference (MOGSEC) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Established in July 2011, the unincorporated 50-50 joint venture was formed to provide complex and world-class engineering, procurement, construction, installation and… Continue Reading »

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