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.
A union boss has stepped up calls for a support package for offshore workers amid concerns some may flout coronavirus advice in order to provide for their families.
Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden’s total pay package was cut in half last year, but he still took home a whopping sum of almost £9 million.
Any lingering hopes of a reprieve for North Sea oil workers from an unpopular tax reform were dashed by the Chancellor today.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an inquiry after a crane collapsed on a second Valaris oil rig within a month of each other.
A union boss has defended the £500,000 price tag for a new research project into the health effects of North Sea offshore working patterns.
Jake Molloy, RMT Union regional organiser for the north-east of Scotland, last night said he was “not surprised” by the news that contractors are rejecting the PAYE offers by oil firms.
Unions from the UK and Norway have established a dedicated working group to improve helicopter safety across the North Sea oil and gas industry.
Energy Voice has been running regular articles about the pending HMRC changes that will see the current IR35 arrangement altered to prevent, we are told, tax avoidance.
North-east job losses are thought to be “inevitable” if a potential merger involving two offshore giants takes place, a union boss warned last night.
The largest oil and gas producer in the UK North Sea has imposed offshore travel restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.