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 In a sweeping judgment issued by the Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Edinburgh, offshore employers prevailed on all major points involving application of the EU Working Time Directive (WTD) on the UKCS. Oil & Gas UK and IADC have long argued that the WTD requirement of four weeks’ annual leave is provided in the existing offshore rota system during field breaks. Offshore unions claimed that the Directive required an additional four weeks of holiday. The tribunal reversed the findings of a lower tribunal in Aberdeen, which held that the Directive requires two weeks of additional leave. In addition, the EAT dismissed all individual employees’ pending claims involving the decision.

Victory for UK offshore employers in Working Time Directive appeal

UNITE, the successor union to the former Amicus offshore trade union, has announced it will appeal the EAT decision, likely to the Scottish Court of Session. However, should UNITE fail in its appeal, it will be required to pay all court costs, as well as legal costs of the employers group incurred in opposing the appeal. The employers group is confident that the strong, unequivocal decision by the EAT will carry great weight in the Court of Session.

For more information, please contact IADC senior vice president – government affairs Brian Petty.

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