OILC - organising offshore

OILC: a history lesson in organising offshore

This year, the Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) merged into RMT. It is twenty years since the tragedy that prompted the OILC to form.

This year, the Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) merged into RMT. It is twenty years since the tragedy that prompted the OILC to form.

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Offshore workers form new union

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Tom Rigby

"We've only been recruiting since last Friday and so far the response has been very positive indeed. The people offshore know us, I'm very optimistic."

"We've only been recruiting since last Friday and so far the response has been very positive indeed. The people offshore know us, I'm very optimistic."

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Support the 'splitters'!

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Sleeper

The decision of the Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) to form itself into a new union has brought forth predictable cries of condemnation from predictable sources.

The decision of the Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) to form itself into a new union has brought forth predictable cries of condemnation from predictable sources.

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OILC poll results

Percentage of employees who believe that the workers would be more effectively represented by a single industrial union:
TU Members: 85%
Non Unionists: 81%
Total: 83%

This poll was carried out by RGIT student Mark Gibson for the OILC. He interviewed some 524 offshore workers at the GAF terminal in Dyce. It shows that some 83% of offshore workers want an industrial union.

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"The future is ours"

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OILC Standing Committee

The Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC), which organised the unofficial strikes and rig occupations in the North Sea in 1989 and '90, has decided to form itself into a trade union for offshore workers. Here, the OILC Standing Committee explain their actions.

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Anyone expecting euphoria at the formal announcement of the formation of an Offshore Workers' Union at the Queens Hotel in Brighton in 3 October was to be sadly disappointed.

The Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC), which organised the unofficial strikes and rig occupations in the North Sea in 1989 and '90, has decided to form itself into a trade union for offshore workers. Here, the OILC Standing Committee explain their actions.

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"To do nothing is just not an option"

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Ronnie MacDonald

Ronnie MacDonald explains how the Offshore Industry Liaison Committee plans to the the newly formed Offshore Workers' Union by focusing on health and safety iisues and the need for workers' unity on the rigs.

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Among the many regulations under the Health and Safety at Work Act never extended offshore was the 1977 regulation on Safety Committees.

Ronnie MacDonald explains how the Offshore Industry Liaison Committee plans to the the newly formed Offshore Workers' Union by focusing on health and safety iisues and the need for workers' unity on the rigs.

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To break or not to break?

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John O'Mahony

Elsewhere in this paper we carry reports on the new 'breakaway union' being formed by workers in the offshore oil and gas industry. What does history have to teach us about such breakaways?

Elsewhere in this paper we carry reports on the new 'breakaway union' being formed by workers in the offshore oil and gas industry. What does history have to teach us about such breakaways?

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A union for offshore workers

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Offshore Industry Liaison Committee

OILC is seeking certification as an independent trade union for offshore oil workers. It is anticipated that the process will take to two years to complete. However, OILC, for the purposes of Section 28 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act (TULRA) 1974 is already a trade union. Recruitment has commenced.

It is OILC's intention to base itself in its already well-resourced headquarters in Aberdeen. Our branch fficers in Glasgow and Newcastle will remain open and we will open other offices as the need dictates.

OILC is seeking certification as an independent trade union for offshore oil workers. It is anticipated that the process will take to two years to complete. However, OILC, for the purposes of Section 28 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act (TULRA) 1974 is already a trade union. Recruitment has commenced.

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Norwegian union pledges support for OILC

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OFS, Norway

We are informed that the British Offshore Industry Liaison Committee, OILC, will announced its transition from being a rank-and-file organisation to becoming an independent trade union later today [Friday 4 September].

Let it be known throughout the British offshore industry that OFS, Norway's leading offshore union, is applauding and welcoming your decision.

We are informed that the British Offshore Industry Liaison Committee, OILC, will announced its transition from being a rank-and-file organisation to becoming an independent trade union later today [Friday 4 September]. Let it be known throughout the British offshore industry that OFS, Norway's leading offshore union, is applauding and welcoming your decision.

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