Unite warns Shell and BG Group against crude cost cutt...

Unite warns Shell and BG Group against crude cost cutting in ‘mega merger’ deal

08 April 2015

Britain’s largest union, Unite, warned against crude cost cutting and job cuts following today’s (Wednesday 8 April) announcement of a ‘mega merger’ between Royal Dutch Shell and exploration firm BG Group.

With workers in Shell’s North Sea operations already facing a raft of job cuts and the two companies talking of the need to achieve ‘synergies’, the union called for urgent assurances over jobs and skills.

Commenting, Unite Scottish secretary  Pat Rafferty  said: “North Sea oil and gas is in the grip of a concerted attempt by the offshore industry to impose a race to the bottom on jobs, terms and conditions.

“People are already paying with their livelihoods because the big oil companies failed to put aside money for a rainy day when the sun was shining and oil prices were high.    

“This mega merger should not be built off the back of crude cost cutting and further job cuts which would only serve to be counterproductive over the long term. Both Shell and BG Group need to make commitments on retaining skills and give assurances over jobs.”


For further information please contact Peter Welsh in Unite Scotland Communications on 07810 157 931 or Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors

  • 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.