The recently established Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) is today expressing anger and frustration at the ongoing and severe attacks on jobs, terms and conditions being driven by large operators in the oil and gas industry.
Tommy Campbell, OCG Chair said:
"The latest cuts in terms and conditions being imposed without prior consultation are a step too far. It is simply impossible to sustain a safe working environment and a motivated workforce when workers face ongoing, arbitrary attacks on their working conditions and standard of living. As the OCG said on its launch, the collaboration and innovation pivotal to the North Sea's future can only be achieved through mature engagement between all parts of the industry. Treating workers as an entirely disposable asset will hasten not prevent the industry's decline".
Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said: "The offshore unions, through the OCG, are working tirelessly with employers, agencies, regulators and government at all levels to ensure the oil and gas industry in Scotland and the UK can have a sustainable future. Therefore it is immensely frustrating to continually have the rug pulled from under our feet by operators and contractors apparently incapable of handling industrial relations in a mature fashion. The operators must understand that cuts can't be continually forced on the supply chain without serious consequences for safety. Contractors have to realise that in the difficult time for the industry industrial relations must be handled with integrity and sensitivity".
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