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Consultative ballot on offshore strike from GMB Scotland

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A consultative ballot on possible strike action by North Sea contract workers is to be held by GMB Scotland, it has been announced.

The union claims the terms and conditions of its members in the offshore industry are under threat.

Officers sought permission from the union's regional committee to ballot members covered by the Offshore Contractors Agreement.

The consultative ballot will now take place over the coming weeks.

Several oil and gas firms operating in the North Sea have announced plans to axe jobs and reduce salaries following a sustained fall in the price of oil.

The Offshore Contractors Agreement covers workers in mechanical, electrical and allied services, construction, maintenance, design, project engineering, fabrication and decommissioning.

The Offshore Contractors Association has previously said it was a challenging time for the North Sea oil and gas industry.

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