The OCA said it had begun a dialogue on a «broader adoption» of the agreement. An online consultation vote was opened on Monday, December 17, 2018 and closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Unite had recommended accepting the salary offer. He said the agreement was a useful tool for comparison, adding that non-OCA members use it as a «base» to set their own rates. The latest version of the agreement was accepted by employees in January 2019. The OCA, established in 1995, negotiates with the unions, on behalf of the member companies, the conditions of the employees. Following today`s discussions, Unite was informed that the association would now terminate the decades-long Offshore Contractors (OCPA) partnership agreement in June. The union also criticised the OCA for ignoring an investigation commissioned by Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), which showed that its own members appreciated the current agreement, but instead decided to terminate the contract on cost grounds. The OCA now intends to advance specific agreements, but at Unite`s insistence, these contractors refused to confirm that they would comply with current wage rates and existing codes of conduct for the sector. The new agreement, presented in December 2018, presented a proposal for an increase of 4.8% for 2019 and 4% for 2020. Boland said the abolition of the agreement would «inevitably» increase costs, as more contractual agreements would have to be negotiated to fill the gap. Unite Regional Officer John Boland said he hoped OCPA could be kept alive and that other contractors could be encouraged to register. However, Mr.
Boland acknowledged that there was a real threat that the current members of the OCA would announce the declaration of the agreement in June. The future of the UK`s largest north Sea collective agreement is on hold after it emerged that employers were informing unions that they intended to dissolve the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA). The OCA began in 1995 and negotiates the agreement on behalf of employers with the Unite and GMB unions. The revised december 2018 wage offer consisted of a proposed increase in the D1 hourly rate on a Class B basis of 4.8% for 2019 and 4% for 2020. «We will continue to convey this message in the coming months in discussions and will do everything in our power to protect this agreement.» Unite, the largest offshore union, launched the «Keep the North Sea Safe – Cuts Cost Lives» campaign in March in response to the OcA`s announcement to dismantle a collective agreement covering the terms of some 7,000 workers. The agreement covers a peak of 10,000 workers during the summer fallow.