Employers and RMT reach agreement on pay for diversNews // October 20, 2006
The Signatory Employers group to the Offshore Diving Industry Agreement has announced that it hasáreached agreement with the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) on pay and conditions for around 700 UK North Sea divers and support crews.
The new three-year deal offers an increase of 20 per cent effective 1 November 2006 followed by a further 5 per cent on 1 April 2007.
For each of the second and third years an increase of RPI plus 1.5 per cent or 5 per cent (whichever is greater) was accepted by the RMT.
The RMT is strongly recommending the offer to its members and will ballot them to gain confirmation.
Colin Gibson, who chaired the employers group, said: ôThis has been an extremely difficult round of pay talks set against a back drop of a particularly buoyant international market and it has taken a special effort on the part of the signatory group. We believe this is an excellent deal for the workforce while at the same time it maintains an agreement which provides stability moving forward and removes what was a real threat of disruption to work programmesö.
The Offshore Diving Industry Agreement came into existence during the early 80s and both the RMT and employers acknowledge its value in preserving the earning potential of the workforce and providing a stable reference for all its stakeholders.
The signatory members to the agreement include Subsea7, Technip, Acergy, Integrated Subsea Services (ISS), KD Marine, RBG Limited and Well-Ops.