“Unite is clear that drilling companies lag behind members in terms of payment compared to members working under other offshore agreements such as the Offshore Contractors Association.” UKDCA needs to get its house in order so that we can try to get a fair wage offer for all offshore members covered by the agreement. The UK process industry is highly innovative and technologically advanced, with considerable spending on research and development. The industry manufactures a variety of materials and products. The industry has gone through a difficult period in recent years. Globalization has had a negative impact on manufacturing in the United Kingdom. The high energy costs in the UK are very worrying for this sector, as the sector is a major consumer of energy in its production processes. Glass sector structure The British glass industry is divided into two sectors: flat glass manufacturers and container glass manufacturers. The industry is estimated to produce 2.8 million tonnes of glass per year, with a saleable value of approximately $1.5 billion. There are three British employers in the flat glass sector – Pilkingtons, Saint-Gobain and Guardian Glass. They employ about 8,400 people. Clear-flowing glass production is the most important product and, unlike vat glass, is generally used in long-term applications. The production of containers for the food and beverage industry, glazing in the construction and automotive sector account for about 90% of the glass produced in the UK.
The UK container industry currently consists of seven manufacturers operating 30 furnaces at 14 sites employing approximately 4,500 people. Rubber processing is also part of the CPPT sector, which includes the manufacture of tyres, pipes, retreading and storage of these products. The rubber sector has a long history dating back to 1885 and also has a high union density with more than 3000 members in the UK. Employers in the sector include well-known names such as Cooper Tyres, Goodyear, three Michelin sites in Ballymena, Dundee, Stoke and two Pirelli sites in Burton and Carlisle. Oil, Gas and Refining Unite is the largest union in the offshore industry that represents process, technology, support, contract and engineering workers. Unite enters into agreements with some of the largest petrochemical and gas companies that operate offshore. Three employers` organisations also take care of our Union – the Association of Offshore Contractors (OCA), the United Kingdom Drilling Contractors Association (UKDCA) and the United Kingdom Floating Production Operators Association (UKFPOA). Mr Clark said: “Instead of negotiating with one body, we now see a secessionist group determined to further divide. An advisory vote is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29.