Unite concern over Shell health & safety cuts

21 Oct

Unite Scotland has expressed major public health and safety concerns following proposals by Shell to reduce skilled repairs and maintenance (R&M) jobs by 80% at three of its Scottish gas processing sites.

Sub-contractors Cape and the Wood Group currently employ 180 R&M workers at the St Fergus plant in Aberdeenshire and at Mossmoran and Braefoot Bay in Fife, which play vital roles in Shell’s North Sea gas processing operation.  Shell recently announced their intention to implement new working practices that would see 80% of these posts shifted from full-time to seasonal positions, resulting in redundancies.

However, the trades union has hit back after a meeting with the sub-contractors in Glasgow this morning and is now calling for an urgent meeting with Shell representatives.

Unite Industrial Officer Rab Sherry said, “It’s clear that Shell have tried to by-pass Unite on this matter and not without reason – the reality of the situation is not something a global oil and gas giant like Shell would want publicised.  

The three sites in Aberdeenshire and Fife are extremely precarious places of work, handling sensitive natural gas liquids.  Health and safety is absolutely paramount and our members who are employed in a wide range of skilled construction roles maintain the plants – some of which are over thirty years old – to the highest standards.

Given that Shell has failed to consult Unite and our members of their plans, have they also failed to inform the heavily populated adjacent communities of Peterhead, Cowdenbeath and Dalgety Bay that they are cutting health & safety investment?

Shell is a multi-billion pound corporation making eye-watering profits year-in, year-out. In a time where we should be sustaining skilled employment and increasing health and safety standards, Shell seems to be doing the opposite.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:  For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer Rab Sherry on 07904057405 or Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland campaigns Unit on 07810157931.

 

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