Unite’s Offshore Union prepares for possible strike

UK union Unite, which represents dockers and offshore workers, is set to ballot offshore drilling and contract maintenance workers on the question of whether to go on strike.

The ballot includes 300 workers who are covered by the UK Drilling Contractors Association, about half of the total number.

The UKDCA bargaining association includes major contractors like Transocean and Odfjell.

The union membership recently turned down a 5% pay increase offer.

Offshore oil and gas companies have been posting excellent profits this year and Unite has suggested that its offshore workers should receive a bigger share of the returns. Strike balloting opened on Monday and will extend through to the end of September.