Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, has reacted with dismay to the imminent loss of 600 oil and gas jobs across BP’s North Sea operations and reiterated its call for government and industry to work with offshore trade unions in an effort to tackle the ongoing crisis.
Unite representatives were informed this morning (Tuesday 12 January) of the cuts which will affect all of BP’s assets across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and its onshore interests at Sullom Voe and Grangemouth.
BP, one of the world’s ‘super-major’ oil and gas companies generating over $4 billion of profits last year, announced this morning it would cut its North Sea workforce by 20 per cent by 2017 as part of a global workforce reduction of 4,000.
The ongoing crisis as a result of the slump in the price of oil - currently below $32 a barrel – has seen over 65,000 oil and gas related jobs lost across the UK in the last year.
Unite regional officer John Boland said: “This morning’s announcement shows the crisis which has gripped our oil and gas sector for over a year now is far from over. It’s another hammer blow for jobs and skills.
“It is deeply worrying that we are now seeing a super-major making deep cuts to its workforce across the UK. We need an emergency convention of all the industry stakeholders – government, employers and trade unions – to tackle this crisis so we have a safe and sustainable industry for the next generation.
“Unite will be meeting with the company later this week as collective consultations get underway but we are clear that there should be no imposition of compulsory redundancies and reductions should be pursued through voluntary means.”
For further information please contact Unite regional officers in Aberdeen John Boland on 07918 630435 and Tommy Campbell on 07810 157920 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.