Unite Scotland Press Release
For immediate release: Tuesday 24 January
Unite pledges to make sure BP workers are protected
Unite the union has pledged to make sure the rights of BP workers are protected in any transfer to a new employer.
Today (Tuesday 24 January) BP announced that it plans to transfer operations at the Magnus oil field and Sullom Voe Terminal to the independent oil and gas producer EnQuest.
Around 100 BP staff are currently associated with Magnus and associated infrastructure, and approximately 240 with the Sullom Voe Terminal.
Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Many people will look on this news as the end of an era, given BP’s long association with the Sullom Voe Terminal and the Magnus field. It was discovered by BP way back in 1974 when the company was still owned by the public.
“BP has said it will now start consultations and Unite is pledged to making sure the rights of our members are protected in any transfer. We are clear – there should be no change to the terms and conditions of any worker moving over to employment by EnQuest.
“When transfers like this happen, there is often a concern about potential job losses. We strongly hope that is not the case here, and we will be talking with BP and EnQuest to get a clear idea of their plans for the future so our members are fully informed.”
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For further information contact John Boland on 07918 630435 / 01224 6455271, or Unite Scotland Media & Communications Officer David Eyre on 07960 451631.
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.