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Energy Services Agreement Code of Practice – Trade Union Representation and Workforce Engagement


OEUK’s Code of Practice (COP) has been developed to support employees, employers, their clients, and trade unions with regard to trade union workforce representation, employee representation and workforce engagement for offshore employees based on the UKCS. Simplification, fairness, and transparency are promoted in the development of this COP.

Support will be provided to ensure all stakeholders are familiar with the content, where they can be found and how they work in practice. Employers are requested to ensure all employees are treated equally and fairly.

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) employee relations has replaced industrial relations as the term for the relationship between employers and employees. A positive climate of employee relations, with high levels of employee involvement, commitment, and engagement, can improve business outcomes as well as contribute to employees’ well-being. Some areas to consider when developing employee relations strategies include: Build, maintain and strengthen relationships.

Talk when you don’t need to talk, set up regular sessions between management, human resources, the trade unions and the workforce via their trade union workforce representatives or employee representatives. Share information, provide business updates, updates on projects etc. and build relationships with formal meetings and consultations. Many companies spend and dedicate a lot of time and attention to building relationships with clients, this same effort is required for employee representatives and trade unions.

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