Enough is Enough: Issue 10

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The Offshore Energy Branch would like to apologise for the lack of EiE and Blowout Magazine over the last few months. Our workload has increased significantly, and we have been very busy with various industry issues.

We need more people to step forward to give a little of their time to support the Union. We need members to support Branch meetings by making an effort to find out what is happening in their Union.

To have a strong voice in this Union we must have Branch Meetings where members can air their views and have their say.

Travel expenses shall be paid if you want to attend; also if any member wants the Offshore Energy Branch to meet in their area or city, then the Branch would be happy to hear from you.

One last thing: get your letters, stories and other items of information to us ASAP for publication here and in the magazines and also to help the union be effective.

Offshore Disaster Fund

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The branch would like to thank all members, other RMT branches, the Lindsey refinery and our Norwegian colleagues, for their contributions to the Offshore Disaster Fund. The fund, for families of the 85N helicopter incident and also our member…

Safe Choppers

Safe Choppers

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Now safest time to fly in helicopter says Oil Executive: a quote from Mr Bob Keiller chairman of the Oil & Gas UK's helicopter taskforce group.

Who is this guy trying to kid? The latest on the Scatsa S-92 fleet update, after finding cracks and…

HSE Warns Shell

HSE Warns Shell

SHELL has been issued with an Improvement Notice after the legionella bacteria was found in 10 samples of drinking water in the same year on its Clipper 48/19A platform UKCS.

Subsea 7 Ballot

Subsea 7 Ballot

We report that the recent Subsea 7 referendum ballot asking the question “would you be prepared to take industrial action in pursuit of a collective agreement covering all disciplines not presently covered by the ODIA agreement” has returned a…

OCA 'bargaining'

OCA 'bargaining'

A couple of letters from members reflecting just what a joke and a con-job the OCA (so-called) agreement is.

Let us know how this farce is playing out in your company or installation.

Salamis Slicing

Salamis Slicing

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You will travel when we say!

Yet again Salamis are leading the way with the latest attack on your terms and conditions, and yes that's the terms and conditions that are supposed to comply with the OCA Agreement!

Previously we've seen the use of…

Miserable Maersk

Miserable Maersk

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I am working on the FPSO NORTH SEA PRODUCER. The latest thing Maersk have come up with is asking us to pay out of our welfare fund - a donation towards the satellite t.v. onboard the ship. If we refuse to help the poor company out, they have…

Ash Chaos

Ash Chaos

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I managed to get off my Talisman installation yesterday and want to bring to your attention just a couple of points that are worthy of note. Our flight was checking in at BRISTOWs at 06.30hrs, but it did not arrive out here until 15.40hrs (as usual…

Walk to Work?

Walk to Work?

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For the past 2 years BP have been trial-ing what they call a 'Walk to Work' boat.

This was an old anchor handling boat, converted into a kind of accommodation vessel. The vessel sails up to a satellite platform, it puts a hydraulic gangway across…

Hungry & Grumpy

Hungry & Grumpy

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I'm on the Brent Alpha. I would like to tell you about the food cuts here now. We were told the budget for food was getting cut, it wasn't a drastic cut. The camp boss said £4.00 a man but I can't confirm that. But for the last 5 trips we are…

Cheapskate Bastards

Cheapskate Bastards

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ESS are tightening the belts and we had talk with Facilities Manager last time out, and he informed us all that Compass Group where looking to save 5% in the Shell business as a whole and are asking us (The Poor Grafters) for ideas on ways to do…

PSN

PSN

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I started on the Alba in July in a long-term ad-hoc position, and asked my company, PSN, why it is that guys who are on the Chevron platforms working for PSN, are getting day rates, whereas I would be getting paid hourly. My company did not give…

Chevron: Erskine Blazes

Chevron: Erskine Blazes

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0n the 24th January a fire broke out on the unmanned Chevron operated Erskine Platform. There was no news regarding this matter, no public statements or announcements, nothing. Four days later, on Thursday 28th January, OILCIRMT received an…

Apache

Apache

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In the P&J, 30/10/09, Apache proudly boasted that production on the Forties Field through July averaged 71,472 barrels per day. Taking an average of $70 per barrel (its been nearer $80 for quite some time now), that's $5,003,040 per day. It’s widely…

NRB — Not Really Bothered

NRB — Not Really Bothered

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Several cases involving our members have come to light in recent months demonstrating that beyond any doubt certain members of the Oil & Gas UK board are paying lip service to the NRB guidelines that were launched back in February 2009. So you can…

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