Unite calls for emergency summit to “save the offshore oil and gas industry”




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Unite calls for emergency summit to “save the offshore oil and gas industry”

Written by – 07/07/2016 3:07 pm

Unite today called for an emergency meeting “to hammer out an action plan to save the offshore oil and gas industry”.

The union also slammed the government’s workforce plan, calling “woefully inadequate”.

It now wants key industry figures and ministers from the Scottish and Westminster governments to come together for crunch talks.

Unite national officer Tony Devlin said: “The oil and gas workforce plan is woefully inadequate and fails to deal with the fundamental issues facing oil and gas workers and their industry.

“The report doesn’t address the race to the bottom which we are seeing in pay, terms and conditions and safety while thousands of jobs are cut and livelihoods are turned upside down.

“We have had a lot of work going on through public bodies and various employer organisations, but we will not secure a future for the UK’s oil and gas industry unless key decision makers come together to formulate an action plan for the industry.

“We call on key industry figures and senior politicians to come together with trade unions in a summit to address the challenges facing the oil and gas industry and take action to put it on a sustainable footing for the future.”

EngineeringUK estimates that the UK economy will need more than 180,000 people with engineering skills per year to 2022.

Unite’s call for immediate action comes the same day a Norwegian union vowed to take its pay fight to court. Read more here.


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