According to the union, the new agreement includes a lump sum payment of $6,000 for regular employees, on a pro rata basis, as well as a 3.5% wage increase if the agreement is ratified. Workers will see an additional 3.75% wage increase on July 1, 2015 and a 3% increase in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The North American offshore oil and gas industry now has its second collective agreement in effect after an arbitrator in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador issued a 38-month employment contract between the employers of the Hibernia platform and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP). Approximately 450 employees of Hibernia, whose management company is the U.S. supergroup ExxonMobil, will receive annual salary increases and additional payments of an average of C$9,168 until July 1, 2004. CEP has been assured that the platform`s workplace certification and the terms of the agreement will apply to all successor companies or oilfield services companies of Hibernia. The interest rate arbitration award establishes a three-week rotation schedule for the work break. This includes 84 paid hours per work week, divided into seven 12-hour days on the platform. Your union and employer must negotiate wages, hours of work and other terms and conditions of employment in good faith until they agree on a contract of employment or reach an impasse or „impasse“. When negotiations reach an impasse, an employer can impose conditions as long as it has offered them to the union before reaching an impasse. Once a contract exists, neither party may deviate from its terms without the consent of the other party, except in exceptional circumstances. If a contract expires before the next contract comes into effect, almost all the terms of the expired contract will continue while the parties negotiate (with the exception of union security, management rights, the prohibition of strikes and lockouts, and arbitration provisions).
ST. JOHN`S, Jan. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Workers at the Hibernia offshore oil rig, represented by Unifor, have voted to adopt a new collective agreement with their employer. The new agreement includes improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions, including for temporary agency workers. It was adopted with a margin of 58% and expires on June 30, 2019. Unifor represents nearly 400 people on the platform. The approximately 400 employees, represented by Unifor, accepted the deal with a margin of 58%. The new agreement, which expires on June 30, 2019, includes improvements to wages, benefits and working conditions for full-time and temporary workers.
Contract details include a lump sum initial payment for regular employees of $6,000 and up to $6,000 for temporary workers, on a pro rata basis, as well as wage increases of 3.5% after ratification, 3.75% on July 1, 2015 and 3% each in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Hibernia workers were the first offshore oil workers in all of North America to form a union and vote for the CEP in 2001. Employees of the Terra Nova rig, an oil rig also located in the North Atlantic managed by Petro-Canada, voted in favour of CEP representation in 2003, and the 120 workers received a first collective agreement through an interest arbitration award rendered on September 30, 2005. The legislation of several Canadian provinces provides for such a process to reach initial collective agreements and also prohibits strikes or lockouts during this period. Employees at Hibernia — the oil rig off the coast of St. John`s, Newfoundland — voted to accept a new collective agreement with their employer. The contract, including wage increases, is part of Unifor`s National Energy Model Agreement, which is being negotiated across the country and implemented across the country. „This is hard work 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, Unifor Assistant President.
„We hope this agreement will help make this complex work more stable in the short and long term.“ ST. JOHN`S, Jan. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Employees of the Hibernia offshore oil rig, represented by Unifor, have reached a new collective agreement with their employer. Contract details include a lump sum down payment of $6,000 for permanent employees and up to a maximum of $6,000 for temporary workers, on a pro rata basis, as well as wage increases of 3.5% upon ratification, 3.75% on July 1, 2015 and 3% in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Improvements have also been made in other areas of the collective agreement. Brian Murphy, Unifor`s national staff representative, commended the bargaining team for their hard work. „We have made improvements and look forward to continuing this momentum.“ Unifor represents 700 employees on the Hibernia and Terra Nova platform. „Good energy jobs and millions of dollars in royalties have strengthened the economy for decades,“ said Dave Mercer, president of Unifor Local 2121, the union of workers in Hibernia and Terra Nova. „In this time of need, the government must stand up for workers abroad and create new partnerships for Canada`s energy future. Unifor is Canada`s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 305,000 workers, including nearly 12,000 in the energy sector.
It was founded over the Labour Day weekend of 2013, when the Canadian Auto and Communications, Energy and Paperwork Workers unions joined forces. Unifor strives to protect its members and play a leading role in creating prosperous and secure jobs and a strong economy so that all workers in Canada have good jobs, a decent standard of living and more equality. „These are tough jobs that work 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 Unifor`s President. „We expect this agreement to help stabilize this complex workplace in the short and long term.“ Brian Murphy, Unifor National Staff Representative, commended the bargaining team for their hard work. „We have made improvements and look forward to continuing this momentum.“ „It`s been an extremely difficult round of negotiations,“ said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director. „There is no doubt that we still have unresolved issues in the workplace, and I can guarantee that the union will work hard to resolve them over the life of the agreement.“ „This has been an extremely difficult round of negotiations,“ said Lana Payne, Regional Director of Unifor Atlantic. .