Offshore Mariners United Cites New Trico Labor Agreement With NUMAST as Model

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Offshore Mariners United

    HOUMA, La., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Offshore Mariners United (OMU) Field
 Director Dave Eckstein today hailed a recent labor agreement between a unit
 of Trico Marine Services, Inc. and a British labor union as a model for good
 labor relations for American mariners in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
     "The labor agreement with NUMAST covers marine officers on Trico's
 British-flag vessels and is an extension of a contract signed in 1997 and
 subject to annual renegotiation.  The agreement provides for a wage increase
 of five percent and improvements in pensions and other contractual benefits,"
 said Brian Orrell, General Secretary of NUMAST, the union representing the
 Trico officers.
     "It is a good contract for the men and it is a good contract for Trico,
 and we are all benefiting together from the improving market conditions in the
 offshore sector," Orrell said.  "NUMAST has a good and valued relationship
 with Trico in the U.K., where labor and management work together in an
 atmosphere of mutual respect and good will.  Based on our experience with the
 company, it is difficult to understand why it is so different in the United
 State, where American mariners are still fighting to gain their full legal
 rights for union representation."
     "I agree with Brian Orrell that a good collective bargaining agreement is
 a sound basis for a productive relationship between workers and managers,"
 remarked Eckstein.
     "Trico is guilty of enforcing a double standard against its workers.  On
 the one hand, it signs a fair agreement with NUMAST for some of its workers,
 and on the other hand it wages a campaign of fear and intimidation against
 mariners here at home.  Offshore Mariners United is committed to correcting
 this injustice, and others, and helping to establish the basis upon which
 American Gulf Coast mariners can receive a fair wage under fair working
 conditions," added Eckstein.
     Offshore Mariners United is a project of five American maritime unions --
 the American Maritime Officers, the International Organization of Masters,
 Mates & Pilots, the National Maritime Union, the Marine Engineers' Beneficial
 Association, and the Seafarers International Union -- the AFL-CIO and the
 International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).  OMU is devoted to assisting
 mariners in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in their fight for the dignity, justice
 and respect they deserve. For more information, visit:
 http//www.offshoremarinersunited.org.
     NUMAST is a U.K.-based trade union and professional organization
 representing more than 18,000 ship masters, officers, cadets, and other staff
 in the marine sector.  NUMAST is affiliated with the ITF, a global federation
 of transportation unions, including numerous unions in the United States and
 the United Kingdom.
 
 

SOURCE Offshore Mariners United
    HOUMA, La., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Offshore Mariners United (OMU) Field
 Director Dave Eckstein today hailed a recent labor agreement between a unit
 of Trico Marine Services, Inc. and a British labor union as a model for good
 labor relations for American mariners in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
     "The labor agreement with NUMAST covers marine officers on Trico's
 British-flag vessels and is an extension of a contract signed in 1997 and
 subject to annual renegotiation.  The agreement provides for a wage increase
 of five percent and improvements in pensions and other contractual benefits,"
 said Brian Orrell, General Secretary of NUMAST, the union representing the
 Trico officers.
     "It is a good contract for the men and it is a good contract for Trico,
 and we are all benefiting together from the improving market conditions in the
 offshore sector," Orrell said.  "NUMAST has a good and valued relationship
 with Trico in the U.K., where labor and management work together in an
 atmosphere of mutual respect and good will.  Based on our experience with the
 company, it is difficult to understand why it is so different in the United
 State, where American mariners are still fighting to gain their full legal
 rights for union representation."
     "I agree with Brian Orrell that a good collective bargaining agreement is
 a sound basis for a productive relationship between workers and managers,"
 remarked Eckstein.
     "Trico is guilty of enforcing a double standard against its workers.  On
 the one hand, it signs a fair agreement with NUMAST for some of its workers,
 and on the other hand it wages a campaign of fear and intimidation against
 mariners here at home.  Offshore Mariners United is committed to correcting
 this injustice, and others, and helping to establish the basis upon which
 American Gulf Coast mariners can receive a fair wage under fair working
 conditions," added Eckstein.
     Offshore Mariners United is a project of five American maritime unions --
 the American Maritime Officers, the International Organization of Masters,
 Mates & Pilots, the National Maritime Union, the Marine Engineers' Beneficial
 Association, and the Seafarers International Union -- the AFL-CIO and the
 International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).  OMU is devoted to assisting
 mariners in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in their fight for the dignity, justice
 and respect they deserve. For more information, visit:
 http//www.offshoremarinersunited.org.
     NUMAST is a U.K.-based trade union and professional organization
 representing more than 18,000 ship masters, officers, cadets, and other staff
 in the marine sector.  NUMAST is affiliated with the ITF, a global federation
 of transportation unions, including numerous unions in the United States and
 the United Kingdom.
 
 SOURCE  Offshore Mariners United