Unite Issues Stark Warning Over Future for Scotland’s Oil and Gas Sector

May 26, 2016

There could be no viable North Sea oil and gas sector in Scotland in 10 years’ time if current trends continue, according to the Unite union.

As many as 150 jobs have been going within the industry every day since the international price for a barrel of oil began to fall two years ago and the impact has been felt by thousands of families across Scotland.

With this in mind, Unite has called for the governments in Westminster and Edinburgh to do more to protect and revive Scotland’s energy sector.

The union’s spokespeople have insisted that plans must be made as soon as possible to ensure the survival and growth of an industry that has long been one of Scotland’s largest sources of employment.

Fresh calls for action to protect jobs in the industry were made after it emerged that Shell Oil was to further reduce the number of people within its North Sea workforce by 475.

“We have very real fears that Shell cannot continue to operate safely offshore if it keeps shedding the workerstasked with ensuring our oil industry is safe and sustainable,” said John Boland from Unite in a statement.

Unite is concerned that some oil and gas companies operating in the North Sea are taking the current uncertainty within the industry as an opportunity to “drive down terms and conditions under the cover of the oil price drop”.

“There is a real attempt to use this as an opportunity to cut jobs and attack workers’ pay and working conditions,” Boland said.

“It is time to take stock because this industry is heading to a situation whereby it will have lost the very skilled and experienced workers it will need to deal with the upturn.”

According to Unite, there have been as many as 65,000 jobs lost within the North Sea oil and gas sector since the price of oil began to drop in the first half of 2014.

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