Unite seeks backing of MSPs for oil sector investment motion
14:46Friday 04 November 2016 An offshore union is calling on MSPs to back a Holyrood motion calling for public investment in the oil and gas industry. Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has lodged the motion which calls on the Scottish Government to consider using its new borrowing powers to buy a stake in offshore infrastructure – like new pipelines or platforms.
Unite wants MSPs to back a motion which calls for investment in oil sector infrastructure The Unite union claims public stakes from both the Scottish and UK governments could drive investment, help support jobs and and raise funds.
Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “There is no doubt that the oil and gas sector is going through a difficult time. “Our members are the people who are worst affected by the crisis – with attacks on their working conditions and as many as 120,000 jobs forecast to be lost by the end of this year.
“Scotland’s oil and gas sector is vital to the economy of the country. The Scottish Government can’t do everything to help us out of these difficulties but it should be leading by example.
“This motion calls on the Scottish Government to start discussions with the UK Government, industry and trade unions to create a plan for co-investment that will support jobs, increase confidence and create returns to the public purse.
“We hope every MSP will sign the motion. Our members in the sector expect nothing less.”
The motion calls on Holyrood to note that the oil and gas sector “cannot be left exclusively to market forces” and urges “active consideration of strategic public stakes in infrastructure investment”.
Mr Macdonald said: “Scottish Labour supports the idea of public stakes in the oil and gas industry. “We have called for the creation of a new public body, UK Offshore Investment Limited (UK Oil), to identify areas for temporary public investment.
“UK Oil would work with the Oil and Gas Authority to identify strategic assets that are potentially profitable.
“That would help to prevent platforms and pipelines being lost earlier than planned and potentially help fund new ones for the future.
Motion : Co-investment in the UK Oil and Gas Sector
Co-investment in the UK Oil and Gas Sector
That the Parliament understands that the number of jobs lost as a result of the downturn in the UK oil and gas sector could be over 120,000 by the end of 2016; considers that the sector is of vital economic interest and cannot be left exclusively to market forces; further considers that the sector needs to have confidence that it can invest for the future; supports the use of Scottish and UK Government borrowing powers to leverage money into the sector, including active consideration of strategic public stakes in infrastructure investment, and *notes* calls on the Scottish Government to facilitate and take part in discussions with the UK Government, industry and trade unions to create a plan for co-investment that will support jobs, *including in the north east,* increase confidence and create returns to the public sector.
Supported by: Colin Beattie, Neil Findlay, Alex Rowley, Iain Gray, Tavish Scott, Jackie Baillie
Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support
Contact your MSP today and call on them to support the motion
Here’s how you can help – write to your MSPs!
1. Click here to go to the Write to Them website!
2. Once you’re on the Write to Them website, enter your postcode and click ‘Go’.
2. On the next page – click ‘Write to all your Regional MSPs’ on the right hand side of the page.
3. Ask your MSPs to support Motion S5M-02310. If you work offshore, tell them about any problems or difficulties that you’re experiencing in the industry. Tell them that the industry needs public investment for the future. Use your own words – but keep it short.
4. Fill in your contact details and then click ‘Preview and Send’ at the bottom.
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