'Common sense' prevails as proposed EU offshore regulations ditched

10 Oct

Unite has welcomed developments in the European Parliament to reject EU-wide regulations for the offshore industry.

Unite, which represents 15,000 members across the sector, opposed proposals brought forward by the European Commission to enforce its own offshore legislation following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The controversial plans, also opposed by the UK and Scottish Governments, would have fuelled a race to the bottom in offshore health and safety across Europe at a time where more than 50 per cent of offshore installations are approaching the end of their 20 year shelf-life, and impacted the recent progress made in UK offshore safety standards.

European Parliamentarians will now look to bring forward a directive addressing offshore health and safety standards across the continent.

Unite Regional Officer and Chairman of the International Trade Union Working Party John Taylor said, “The decision by the European Commission to seek a fresh directive rather than imposing regulation on safety standards for the offshore industry is a victory for common sense.

European trade unions have spent six months working in Brussels to achieve this result. We held firm in our argument that the original regulatory proposals would have made the offshore industry an unsafe environment for workers.

However, this is not the end of our fight. We will continue our lobby to ensure this new directive delivers a high standard of training and employment rights for safety reps throughout Europe it should drive up standards and not down.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer John Taylor in the Aberdeen office on 0845 604 8312 or 01224 645271.

 

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