Terra Nova workers ratify contract offer

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The Terra Nova floating, production, storage and off-loading vessel is accompanied by service vessels and tugs in this file photo.

Terra Nova offshore workers have ratified a new collective agreement, but they're not particularly happy about it.

Brian Murphy, vice-president of Communications, Energy and Paperworks union, Local 2121, which represents Terra Nova workers, said employees ratified the third offer from Suncor Energy in late June by a "slim majority."

"The union feels that it's a reasonable deal. It's something that we're going to live with and deal with for the next couple of years. It's actually a three-year deal, but there's almost a year gone already," he said. "Some of the issues that didn't get resolved are going to be front and centre during the next negotiations, and we've already indicated that to the company."

Murphy declined to specify what those issues are.

"I really can't get into them right now, off the top of my head," he said. "There was some outstanding issues that were left on the table that the workers really felt strong about, obviously, for turning it down twice. Those same issues, we've talked to the company about them and we will be talking further about them, with the understanding that they will be coming forth in the next round of negotiations as well."

The contract is retroactive to September 2010, meaning it will expire in September 2013, and provides for annual pay increases of 2.5, three and 3.25 per cent over the three years of the contract.

"That was a point of contention with the membership. Increases usually are, and this is why it took three votes on it to ratify it," said Murphy. "According to the standards that were going around in the public sector, our percentage increases were lower than that."

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Organizations: Paperworks union, Suncor Energy

Geographic location: Terra Nova

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  • Hunter
    July 29, 2011 - 11:30

    "According to the standards that were going around in the public sector, our percentage increases were lower than that." Ummm....this ain't the public sector.