Unite 'Outrage' at ban by Shell

2 Nov

Unite Scotland has expressed outrage at the decision by Shell to ban the union from the Mossmoran site during a 30-day consultation on redundancies.

The union has been informed via information by sub-contractors Wood Group of the decision following proposals by Shell to reduce skilled repairs and maintenance (R&M) jobs by 80% at three of its Scottish gas processing sites.

The extraordinary move by Shell follows on from recent negative publicity at the proposed cuts which the union believes will have a direct impact on health and safety standards.

Unite Industrial Officer Rab Sherry said:

“Shell have taken the extraordinary and unprecedented move to ban the union from its Mossmoran site where we have had recognition for years. The ban comes during a 30 day consultation on redundancies and it is simply unacceptable because we have a right to have access and to represent our members. “

“The decision follows on from our efforts to publicise the health and safety implications of cutting eighty per cent of jobs in repairs and maintenance at a time when Shell’s latest profits have doubled. It is a vindictive move which must be reversed immediately.    

ENDS

Notes to Editors: 

(1) 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 inFife.

(2) Royal Dutch Shell unveiled a doubling in third-quarter profit on 27 October. The company reported third-quarter earnings, on a current cost of supplies (CCS) basis, of £4.5 billion compared with £2.2 million during the same quarter a year ago.

For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer Rab Sherry on 07904057405.

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