Offshore caterers to vote on strike
Catering staff on North Sea oil platforms are to be balloted on strike action in a dispute over pay.
The Unite union said the dispute centred on the refusal of employers to honour the second year of a two-year pay deal.
The union said it had served the Catering Offshore Trade Association (COTA) with a statutory seven-day notice for the ballot start period.
COTA includes facilities services giants Aramark, Compass and Sodexo.
It indicated earlier this year that it was retracting the second year of a two-year pay deal, worth 1.3%, in an effort to secure jobs.
The union said the ballot would run for six weeks.
It said an offshore strike would be the first in a generation and have a significant impact on the delivery of catering on North Sea platforms.
Unite Industrial Officer John Boland said: "The point blank refusal of the COTA employers to honour our pay agreement has left us with no choice but to proceed to a formal industrial action ballot.
"Even against the backdrop of oil price volatility and industry pressure, COTA employers' profits run into billions and it is unacceptable that our agreement - negotiated in good faith - is now being ignored."