UPDATE: North Sea helicopter pilots vote for strike amid pay dispute

The article has been amended to include a subsequent statement by CHC.


Helicopter pilots serving the UK offshore oil and gas industry have voted for strike action over a pay dispute.

Illustration: A CHC Helicopter taxiing after landing at Sumbrugh airportRonnie Robertson
Illustration: A CHC Helicopter taxiing after landing at Sumburgh airport / Image by Ronnie Robertson/Flickr – Shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) on Tuesday said that Helicopter pilots in CHC Scotia have voted in favor of taking industrial action in a dispute over pay: 94% YES vote for strike action, and a 100% YES vote for industrial action short of a strike on a 77% turnout.

“Despite months of negotiations, the company have failed to offer a pay deal acceptable to our members, which is why we took the decision to ballot for industrial action. We have today informed CHC of the result of this ballot, and we are hopeful the company will put an acceptable offer on the table before we have to act on the mandate we received today,” Balpa said on Tuesday.

“The mandate would permit industrial action on dates to be announced over the period from 21st May 2019 to 5th November 2019. CHC Scotia pilots are based at Aberdeen, Humberside, Norwich, and Sumburgh,” BALPA said.

Offshore Energy Today has reached out to CHC seeking comment.

A CHC spokesperson responded: “It was disappointing to hear the result of the recent ballot in favor of industrial action over pay.

“We continue to negotiate with BALPA to find a mutually acceptable agreement. We believe we have made a competitive offer based on the ongoing challenging market conditions. In fact, it is the best offer made to UK rotorcraft pilots in the past five years.

“We are working on comprehensive contingency plans to ensure any disruption in the future to offshore flights is kept to a minimum.”

 


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