Members Complain Unite Rigged Ballot to Accept Employer's Offer

Oil workers have written to the UK Government claiming the Unite union allowed ineligible members to vote in the recent Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) ballot. Around 20 complaints have so far been sent to the office of the Certification Officer in London, which is responsible for overseeing the conduct of trade unions and ensuring correct procedures are followed.The Certification Officer was set up by Harold Wilson’s  Labour government in 1975.

The workers claim non-OCA staff were allowed to take part in the ballot which saw offshore workers agree by 477 to 471 votes to accept an offer of revised pay and conditions. It is not known how many votes are alleged to have been ineligible from approximately 1,000 ballots received. Energy Voice magazine


  1. Unite are not just causing grief to their workers in Aberdeen. They have been at it in Lothian too, at the NHS. See to read how they tried to stop the cheque the members voted for to publicise an NHS whistleblowing hotline petition...

  2. It's not just in Aberdeen that Unite have been upsetting its members. In Lothian Unite bosses tried to stop a cheque that the members had voted for to fund the printing of 50,000 flyers calling for a whistleblower hotline for NHS staff; read the story at