OILC is seeking certification as an independent trade union for offshore oil workers. It is anticipated that the process will take to two years to complete. However, OILC, for the purposes of Section 28 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act (TULRA) 1974 is already a trade union. Recruitment has commenced.
It is OILC's intention to base itself in its already well-resourced headquarters in Aberdeen. Our branch fficers in Glasgow and Newcastle will remain open and we will open other offices as the need dictates.
OILC will provide a legal service to its members second to none. The new union will also build on its proven expertise on offshore safet matters. This is particuarly important in terms of the development of the post-Cullen reconstruction of the offshore regulatory regime.
Our first target for membership is 3,000. This will establish an income of approximately £300,000 per annum. From that base we shall proceed by organising and recruitment. It is the intention to penetrate the United Kingdown Continental Shelf on a scale hitherto not achieved.