Airports that will be directly affected are Dundee, Inverness, Wick, Kirkwall, Sumburgh, Stornoway, and Benbecula.
Aker and Petrofac have issued redundancy notices and begun a consultation period on terminating and re-engaging all workers. A thirty day (Aker) and forty-five day (Petrofac) consultation period will begin respectively for both companies.
“The Scottish Ministers own HIAL and have a responsibility to ensure this situation is resolved urgently, with a fair settlement for staff.”
Workers have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action on the Elgin-Franklin, Shetland Gas Plant, North Alwyn and Dunbar platforms.
“COSLA will need to dig a bit deeper if we are to avoid industrial action.”
COSLA’s current offer is 3.5 %(2018), 3% (2019) and 3%(2020).
“Thousands of Unite members in the offshore sector have sent the OCA employers a clear message through these industrial action ballots.”
The 500 members of UNISON in Orkney are being balloted to see if they would take part in industrial action .
“This outcome was inevitable in light of COSLA’s failure to properly and fairly reward the lowest paid workers in local government.”
“Unite retains serious concerns over the 3/3 rota system”