1999 Annual Report
The Employment Practices Committee (EPC) met regularly during 1999 and continued to focus
on issues which ensure industry good practice in the area of employee relations.
The EPC, in partnership with the Inter-Union Offshore Oil Committee (IUOOC), held a press
conference in Aberdeen in June 1999 in order to launch an updated Consultation Arrangement
between UKOOA and the recognised Trade Unions. This arrangement will provide an opportunity
for good practice guidelines to be developed through joint consultation with UKOOA and the Trade
Unions affiliated to the TUC and used across the industry as a standard.
In addition, the Committee has ensured that any proposed UK and European legislation is debated
and where appropriate, has lobbied government departments in order to highlight the industry’s
The Working Time Directive and how it would be applied to offshore workers has continued to
be a major focus of attention for the EPC. During 1999, European Ministers tabled a number of
amendments and counter amendments to the application of this Directive and again the EPC,
after consultation with member companies, provided the industry’s view.