Divers' strike to endNews // November 13, 2006
The Committee of Employer Signatories to the Offshore Diving Industry Agreement issued the following statement on November 10th:
“We are delighted to have received news of the ‘yes’ vote and confirmation that not only will the strike come to an end but that a new Offshore Diving Industry Agreement (ODIA) will be place to bring stability to the industry for the three years leading up to 31 October 2009."
The offer that has been accepted includes:
- A 25 per cent increase in all rates of pay 1st November, 2006.
- A further increase of 5 per cent on the new pay rates from 1st April 2007.
- An increase of 5 per cent or Retail Price Increase (RPI) + 1.5 per cent, whichever is the greater, 1st November, 2007.
- An increase of 5 per cent or RPI + 1.5 per cent, whichever is the greater, 1st November, 2008.
"Effectively, it means that in two years divers and support teams will be earning 44.70 per cent more than they are today," said the statement.
In addition, the signatories to the ODIA have agreed to pay all eight Bank Holidays at 100 per cent of the day rate.
“We look forward to welcoming the divers and support teams back to work and together serving an industry vital to the UK and global economy,” concluded the statement.
The Offshore Diving 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.