Casting Your Vote
Stand up now for a better future
A huge thanks to every member who has already voted Yes/Yes in the ballot. The ballot runs till the 30th June so there is plenty of time to use your vote and have your say on your future.
The ballot is a full postal ballot as required by current legislation regarding Industrial action.
The previous ballots have been done electronically as they were consultative ballots. In the last consultative ballot Unite members overwhelmingly rejected the OCA offer and called for a full industrial action ballot.
The ballot papers have been dispatched and they will come from an organisation called the ‘Electoral Reform Society (ERS)’. ERS run all industrial action ballots and are independent scrutineers on the result.
It is important that you look out for mail from ERS. The ballot paper will come from them and not Unite. A pre-paid envelope will be included.
If you are offshore at present it would be beneficial if someone at home could check that it has arrived.
Haven’t Received Your Ballot Paper Yet?
Members who have not received a ballot paper should contact the Unite office in Aberdeen at firstname.lastname@example.org who can then request a replacement ballot paper be sent. They may need to verify your postal address so please include this and your membership number if known (or date of birth if you don’t have your membership number) in the email.
Every member should exercise their right to vote regardless of how you are intending to vote. It is a secret ballot. Not voting only hands confidence to the employers that they are making the right decisions.
Unite is recommending that members vote Yes for strike action and Yes for action short of strike action.
- A strong Yes/Yes vote will show the OCA the strength of Unite members and the anger you feel at the constant attacks
- It will send a clear signal across the offshore industry and to all clients and contractors that they cannot continue to attack the workers.
- It will galvanise and give confidence in the fights that are coming.
- It will give your officers and negotiators the power to press for better terms. Having a strong mandate for action from the members will mean that you and your Union will be stronger.
- Your future depends on us all standing up and standing together.
If we fight, we may not always win, but if we don’t fight, we will surely lose.
Unite believes this a fight we can win and the first step on the road to better pay, terms and conditions and a future for everyone working offshore is to vote Yes/Yes in the ballot.