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|Title: ||Industrial relations in the North Sea oil and gas industry 1965-1995.|
|Authors: ||Gourlay, Douglas|
|Supervisors: ||Scroggie, Brian|
Thom, Alix Ann
|Issue Date: ||Nov-1998|
|Publisher: ||The Robert Gordon University|
|Citation: ||GOURLAY, D, 1996. Industrial relations on offshore installations. In: R. H. FLIN and G. SLAVEN, eds. Managing the offshore installation workforce. Tulsa, OK: Pennwell Books. pp. 195-217.|
GOURLAY, D., 1996. Labour processes in the Norwegian and British Sectors of the North Sea oil and gas industry. Paper presented at Fourteenth annual International Labour Process Conference. 29th-31st March 1996. Aston University, Birmingham.
GOURLAY, D., 1997. Paying for the piper: capital and labour in Britain's offshore oil industry (book review). Petroleum Review Vol 51, February.
|Abstract: ||This thesis analyses the reasons why the system of industrial relations on the
United Kingdom continental shelf is very different from that which prevails both
onshore and on the Norwegian continental shelf, where the same technology is
used to produce an identical product. The scopeo f the researche ncompassesth e
relationships of the trade unions and the offshore companies, both Norwegian
and British, where they concern employment and related matters such as
accident prevention and those interventions which govermnents have made in
response to particular events. In addition research papers and other reports which
have a close bearing on the human resource management of offshore employees
have received attention.
British trade unions have failed to win full recognition offshore after "first oil"
because the oil companies have been determined to exclude them and have
exhibited a cohesivenesso f purposei n this respectt hrough their formidable
employers' association, UKOOA. By comparison trade union efforts have lacked
cohesion on account of internal disputes and the indeterminate position of the
IUOOC within the trade union structure. Even the assistance of a friendly
disposed government which persuaded the employers to permit recruitment
visits offshore has had no effect on membership which remains derisory.
Although the Norwegian LO recognised as early as 1975 that a new union for all
offshore workers was necessary, the TUC has never shown the same realism.
OILC seeks to cater for all UK offshore workers, but survives only as a small
independent union outside the STUC. It arose spontaneously in 1989 as a crossunion
group of workers who wanted a national offshore agreement but after
initial support from the official trade unions was later abandoned by them.
There have been some dramatic accidents offshore, none worse than Piper Alpha
in 1988 with its 167 fatalities. This has concentrated attention on the
maintenance of safe working environments and trade unions have sought,
unsuccessfully, to win recognition from the employers by demanding
representation on installation safety committees. As the oil industry now
implements a programme of cost savings there have been accompanying
assertions in some publications that the oil industry's commitment to accident prevention remains secondary to profitability, assertions this thesis finds
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