Trade union chiefs said yesterday that offshore workers have “a lot of concern” about North Sea firms’ ability to keep a lid on Covid-19 while increasing crew numbers on platforms.
Schlumberger has completed its plan to cut 21,000 jobs in response to the oil downturn, according to its latest accounts.
A ship currently detained over unpaid wages is expected to set sail from Aberdeen Harbour despite still owing workers up to £150,000.
A union official has said news of Shell planning thousands of job cuts globally puts the North Sea’s green recovery “in sharp focus”.
A trade union boss has suggested creating a “job share” scheme to help safeguard North Sea oil industry workers’ positions until offshore activity ramps up next year.
Workers on a number of installations in the northern North Sea have been told to stay alert after a Greenpeace ship was spotted in the area.
A “marked increase” has been noted in the number of workers going out to North Sea platforms, according to industry chiefs.
A £62million Scottish Government support package has been unveiled to help oil and gas firms make a green recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.
North Sea oil industry workers are anticipated to make up the lion’s share of those using the furlough scheme within the UK energy sector.
Energy giant BP has announced plans to cut around 10,000 jobs worldwide in response to the latest oil downturn.
There remains “doubt and questioning” around the UK Government’s quarantine exemption for offshore workers and the potential spread of Covid-19, according to a union boss.
A union boss has claimed a “host” of North Sea contracting firms are poised to lay off furloughed workers as the cost of maintaining the scheme mounts.
Many North Sea oilfield service firms are being left in a “desperate situation” over whether to axe staff or pay mounting maintenance costs to keep them on furlough.
North-east energy sector chiefs largely welcomed an extension of the UK Government furlough scheme, but cautioned it may do little to roll back the tide of oil and gas redundancies.
Any moves to scale back the UK Government furlough scheme would be “absolutely disastrous” for the North Sea oil and gas sector, an Aberdeen union boss has warned.
Around 200 North Sea workers have been evacuated with suspected Covid-19 symptoms over the last six weeks as the sector has attempted to manage the spread of the virus.
Many firms ‘torn’ between protecting business and supporting staff with furlough scheme, OGUK boss says
Many North Sea oil and gas firms are currently “torn” between protecting the long-term sustainability of their business and supporting those staff whose jobs were connected to now delayed or cancelled projects, according to an Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) boss.
The UK oil and gas industry is in the grip of a “crisis” that could jeopardise North Sea production and the energy transition, a trade union boss has warned.
Oil giant BP has come under fire for flying workers offshore while the results of their coronavirus tests were still outstanding.
North Sea workers must accept ‘accountability’ for their own health and safety in order to halt the spread of Covid-19 offshore.
TechnipFMC has said employee safety is of “paramount importance” after confirming a virus outbreak on board one of its North Sea vessels.
Tests to help safeguard North Sea oil and gas workers against the outbreak of Covid-19 are “at long last becoming available”, according to a trade union boss.
New UK Government measures to support the self-employed will cause “sleepless nights” for those North Sea workers who have been left in limbo, according to industry experts.
A series of North Sea operators are working to remove cabin sharing offshore “wherever possible” in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Almost 40% of the North Sea workforce has been cut as operators attempt to wrestle with the growing coronavirus crisis.