Unite Offshore Catering Branch – Website

19 Mar

Our members in the Unite Offshore Catering Branch have launched their own bespoke website for all information and updates concerning this sector.

If you work offshore pay them a visit at  www.uniteoffshore.com to find out more.   However, as is our preference at Unite Scotland we’ll let our members do the talking!  So here is a brief intro about their work both offshore and in the union from the members themselves:

“Back in 1979 during the dispute in the North Sea the Unite Offshore Catering Branch came to the aid and assistance of the offshore caterers. It was a time of low wages and very poor working conditions, since then the Offshore Branch was formed and to this day continues in its task to improve the terms and conditions of the STEWARDS & CHEFS employed in the UK oil & gas industry.

Through the ballot system the catering workers are still the only group working in the North Sea who have the final say in acceptance of the annual changes in their terms and conditions. There have been vast improvements over the last 34 years all of which could only be possible through negotiation with Unite & COTA (catering offshore traders association).  For example:

  • We now have a higher redundancy policy;
  • A medical retiral policy should you become medically unfit to work offshore; and
  • A pension plan with equal contributions, from employee & employer.

Today, the Unite Offshore Catering Branch offers a vast array of benefits to its members, all of which can be found through the connections on this web site and at the home for the Offshore Branch at 42/44 King Street Aberdeen.

If you work for a COTA company and are not already a member, come along and join and you too can be part of the ONE Trade Union that does make a difference to people’s lives.”

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