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February 22, 2008 04:30 ET

Offshore Workers Win Their Right to Paid Leave

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) -

Attention: news, legal and industrial correspondents

Unite, Britain's biggest union has hailed an employment tribunal's judgement on paid leave for offshore workers as a victory for 25,000 workers.

Amicus, a predecessor union of Unite brought the case against offshore employers. The union believed the employers were failing to apply a change in the law covering the holiday pay for offshore workers properly.

Late yesterday, an Aberdeen employment tribunal ruled that all offshore workers are entitled to paid holidays under the Working Time Regulations. Offshore workers work two weeks offshore and then two weeks onshore. Significantly, the tribunal ruled that the paid leave should be taken when the workers should be offshore rather than during the periods that they are onshore.

Unite Regional Officer, Graham Tran says,

"Paid holidays for offshore workers is no longer a gift from employers but a legal right. This judgement is a victory for 25,000 workers undertaking tough work under difficult conditions.

Our members have had to wait almost five years for this judgement and the Tribunal has given them their full support."

The Tribunal has ruled that all offshore workers are entitled to paid holidays, which on a pro rata basis out of four weeks, is equivalent to 14 days' paid leave under the Working Time Regulations.

Graham Tran added,

"I call on all companies operating offshore to accept this ruling and to meet with the recognised unions to discuss how best to implement the ruling. Whilst it is accepted that a number of offshore workers get paid time off, the significance of this ruling is that never again can a company withhold paid holiday entitlement from their employees."

Contact Information

  • Graham Tran
    07958 511569