Established over 20 years ago, the Caterers Offshore Trade Association (COTA) represents six companies which supply catering and auxiliary services to offshore oil and gas rigs in the North Sea

COTA’s main priority is maintaining a collective focus on safety and service delivery for the benefit of our customers and our people. Together we employ over 3,000 employees, including chefs, bakers, stewards and administrative team members.

COTA has two key roles:

Employee Terms and Conditions
Every year COTA companies come together to review the current terms and conditions for employees. This includes wage rises and holiday entitlements. These terms and conditions are negotiated with the two unions which represent a proportion of our team – RMT and Unite.

Health and Safety Requirements
Offshore installations in the North Sea are subject to very stringent health and safety requirements. COTA companies meet to ensure these requirements are exceeded for the benefit of customers and employees.


Please download the current COTA agreement for 2014-2015

Consultative ballot

Please find attached COTA's Statement on the Union's consultative ballot and ballot on industrial action.

COTA's Statement from: 4th December 2015 COTA Employee Acceptance of Offer
19th November 2015 COTA Employee QA Document
10th November 2015 Employee Communication
29th October 2015COTA Employee Communincation
27th October 2015 Press release from the RMT Ballot results
16th October 2015Make your voice heard
COTA Press Release
14th October 2015Communication to all employees.
9th October 2015Letter to all employees including members of the UNITE and RMT Unions.
8th September 2015Press statement regarding Unite opens ballot on industrial action.
2nd April 2015Withdraw of 2nd year offer.

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