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08Oct92 UK: AEEU AND GMB UNIONS' DEAL WITH OFFSHORE CONTRACTORS COUNCIL SPARKS ANGRY RESPONSE FROM OTHER UNIONS.

North Sea oil contractors signed a deal with two large offshore unions last week covering about 5,000 workers.But the accord between the engineers and electricians union AEEU and general union GMB and Offshore Contractors Council has sparked angry responses from other unions.Under the deal a joint consultative committee is formed to cover health and safety, security and training, but there is no mention of collective wage bargaining.Workers on platforms have trade union recognition under a hook-up agreement until production starts.And union leaders involved believe this may be the first step towards a post-hook agreement in the North Sea.Roger Spiller, official with the technical union MSF, slammed the move 'as a futile gesture covering just 5,000 of the 35,000 offshore workforce'.He claimed the two unions had yielded to 'inevitable pressure from employers who want a sweetheart deal.''This is not good for the offshore workforce.'