Hibernia Union Collective Agreement

ST. JOHN`S – Unifor Local 2121 members have ratified a four-year collective agreement that represents an 11.75 per cent increase over the term of the contract. Payne said non-unionized workers in Newfoundland and Labrador were also crushed after jobs were „put back in the room“ to create openings for workers in other countries. Unifor represents nearly 400 workers on hibernia, the world`s largest offshore oil rig, off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The new agreement strengthens the rollover differential, incentive premiums, travel reimbursement and leave rights. The contract, including wage increases, is part of Unifor`s national energy model agreement, which is negotiated across the country and implemented across the country. The collective agreement between hibernia Platform Employers` Organization („Employers“) and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 2121 („Union“) provides for a drug and alcohol policy. Following a helicopter safety incident at the Hibernia offshore oil rig, the employer is conducting an investigation: eight employees are being asked to undergo drug testing. After the test, one of them will be positive for the unauthorized drug. Payne stated that the term was ambiguous and that the union was lobbying the provincial government to amend the Labour Relations Act to better protect local workers.

The new agreement provides for improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions, including for temporary workers. It was adopted by a margin of 58% and expires on 30 June 2019. Unifor represents nearly 400 people on the platform. „These are hard work working in one of the toughest environments in the world and we are very proud to represent workers in the offshore oil industry,“ said Dave Moffat, Assistant To the President at Unifor. „We hope this agreement will help make this complex job more stable in the short and long term.“ ST. JOHN`S, January 7, 2015 /CNW/ – Employees of the hibernia offshore oil rig, represented by Unifor, have adopted a new collective agreement with their employer. „This was an extremely difficult round of negotiations,“ said Lana Payne, Regional Director of Unifor Atlantic. „There is no doubt that we still have some unresolved problems in the workplace, and I can guarantee that the union will work hard to resolve them for the duration of the agreement.“ Brian Murphy, representative of the Unifor National Staff, commended the negotiating team for their hard work. „We have made improvements and look forward to building on this agreement.“ Unifor is Canada`s largest private sector union and represents more than 305,000 workers, including nearly 12,000 in the energy sector. It was created on Labour Day 2013, when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. Unifor works to protect its members and play a leading role in building prosperous, secure jobs and a strong economy so that all Canadian workers have a good job, a decent standard of living and greater equality.

„Unifor is the Energy Union of Canada,“ said Jerry Dias, President of Unifor National. „Workers on Hibernia help generate incredible wealth, and they deserve significant wage increases.“ Contract details include a lump sum down payment of $6,000 for permanent workers and up to $6,000 for temporary workers, pro-rata, as well as wage increases of 3.5% at ratification, 3.75% on July 1, 2015 and 3% in 2016, 2017 and 2018.