Unite, the UK’s biggest offshore trade union, has today (Monday 1 February) called for a collaborative effort between Holyrood and Westminster to send out a clear statement that North Sea oil and gas production remains viable for the future.
Unite is also supporting calls for further tax breaks to alleviate pressure on the industry, releasing crucial finance for the defence of existing employment and skills and a Scottish affairs committee inquiry to explore how both governments can effectively tackle the on-going industry crisis.
Over 70,000 jobs have been lost across the UK oil and gas sector since the price of oil began to plummet in January 2015.
Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “What has happened in the last year is an economic and employment disaster but if we want to sustain meaningful oil and gas production for the next generation then we need interventions now.
“We cannot sit back and hope for this crisis to settle because if we do that then there will be little left to work with and the oil and gas sector will go the same way as the coal industry.
“Neither the Scottish or the wider UK economy can do without the employment value and dependable energy supplies that the North Sea delivers so both governments must act together and quickly.
“It’s too late for tens of thousands who have already lost their livelihoods but hundreds of thousands more are reliant on the next steps of our political leaders and they are desperately looking for commitments and common purpose.”
For further information please contact Unite regional officer in Aberdeen Tommy Campbell on 07810 157920 or Peter Welsh, Unite Scotland Communications, on 07810 157931.
Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.