With just hours until the Chancellor’s Budget, the RMT Union has called for creation of a £220million annual “Just Transition Fund” for offshore workers.
Workers facing redundancy are being urged to seek independent financial advice to plot the best road ahead.
As the UK oil and gas sector predicts up to 30,000 job losses over the next 12-18 months, Catriona Ramsay of Aberdein Considine sets out workers' legal rights.
The UK’s Job Retention Scheme has proved a lifeline for many employers and a way to ensure employment is protected while oil and gas firms deal with the double hit of Covid-19 and the drastic fall in oil price. The uptake figures demonstrate the need for the scheme, with over nine million people in the UK expected to be furloughed, yet the decisions to furlough staff have often been made quickly with little planning for the scheme ending.
More than 500 jobs are at risk at Aberdeen-based energy services firm Bilfinger Salamis, which has started a redundancy consultation with its workforce.
An event is being held for former oil workers who have been made redundant amid the continued downturn.
Like many North Sea oil workers, Colin McIntrye first got his big break in the industry during a chance meeting.
Losing your job at any time is hard, but with thousands of people facing redundancy from Scotland’s energy sector, the plight of oil and gas workers is especially difficult.
Determined to help their peers and in partnership with their university, RGU’s Alumni Council, made up of RGU graduate volunteers, is organising a 'free-of-charge' event for all RGU alumni and/or family members of alumni who have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy.
In common with many other people across the north-east, Alex Mennie was devastated when he lost his job in the oil and gas industry.
Austen Russell said MSP Dennis Robertson’s comments about the current state of the North Sea oil and gas industry felt like a “kick in the teeth”. The 38-year-old has been tirelessly looking for work every day since he was made redundant from his job with a pipe lay company last October where he worked as a technical supervisor. He had his first break in the industry 18 years ago when he started out as a well test trainee.
Aker Solutions is to cut up to 500 jobs in its Norwegian subsea business - blaming a continued market slowdown.