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Unite wants full disclosure on oil takeover jobs

Unite wants full disclosure on oil takeover jobs

13 March 2017

The biggest offshore union wants full disclosure on any employment plans that are part of a planned takeover of oil and gas operator Amec Foster Wheeler.

Today (Mon 13 Mar) Wood Group announced it was to buy out Amec Foster Wheeler in a deal worth £2.2 billion.

Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Our members in both companies will have concerns about today’s news. It is disappointing that the first our members are hearing about this takeover, which affects their future employment, is through the media. Yet again share prices are put first and the employees last.

“Unite is clear – we will make sure the rights of our members are protected during any transfer of employment, and we will fight to defend their jobs and pay. 

“We also have concerns that two of the largest employers in the North Sea are going to merge, and the impact this will have on opportunities for employment in a struggling North Sea.”

“Those companies who invest in their workers and see them as genuine partners will reap the benefits in the future. Those who don’t will earn themselves a poor reputation, and that will lead to difficulties in recruitment and retention.

“We call on both companies to engage with us now.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For further information contact Unite Scotland Media & Communications Officer David Eyre on 07960 451631.