Prospect and Unite land key agreement in SSE renewables

5 November 2021

Following positive discussions between SSE and trade unions Prospect and Unite we are pleased to confirm that SSE is to extend existing collective bargaining arrangements to some staff on the renewables side of its business.

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The agreement will apply to the new staff SSE is recruiting to work from aboard a service operation vessel (SOV) to support Seagreen Wind Farm off the Scottish east coast.

This development is testament to the commitment of SSE and its union partners to growing SSE’s Renewables business and ensuring a just transition for workers in the energy industry as we move to a low carbon economy.
The move will help to ensure that those working offshore are treated the same as staff in other parts of the business, and are properly represented in all areas of operational best practice and health and safety.

Sue Ferns, Senior Deputy General Secretary of Prospect, said:

“Prospect is proud to represent energy workers in a range of technologies and we are pleased to have struck this agreement for renewables workers with SSE.

“We know that workers in renewables are rightly proud of the work they do fighting against climate change, and these workers deserve the best standards at work, whether that is in health and safety or terms and conditions.
“We are clear that the decarbonisation of our economy must be accompanied by a just transition, with good unionised jobs created in energy and other sectors – this agreement is a further step on the road to securing that future.”

Elaine Harley, HR Business Partner for SSE Renewables, said:

“Reaching a solution which was able meet a new business need as we expand our Renewables business whilst reflecting the spirit of our collective agreement is further evidence of the collaborative working relationship between SSE and our Trade Union Partners”


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From generation to transmission, Prospect represents the interests of over 22,500 members working across all parts of the energy sector.