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Wood Group

Oil & Gas

Wood Group headcount down 2,500 so far in 2016

Wood Group has laid off 2,500 people across its global operations so far this year as it scrambles to match its head count to lower activity levels. The Aberdeen-headquartered energy service giant’s chief executive, Robin Watson, was yesterday unable to say how many of those job losses had taken place in the UK. Mr Watson did say the company was sensitive to the plight of workers, but was doing the right thing to protect the business long term.

Oil & Gas

Union bosses fired up over Wood Group pay offer

Trade union bosses yesterday accused Aberdeen energy service giant Wood Group of pushing North Sea workers to the verge of industrial action. Unite Scotland said offshore workers employed by Wood Group on Shell’s North Sea platforms were engaged in a consultation over a new offer on pay and benefits on the weekend. Tommy Campbell, a regional officer at Unite, said: “We are waiting to hear the result of consultations between the members of the workforce to see if the terms are acceptable. The results will be made known during the week and we will feed them back to Wood Group.

Insights

EV Insights: Unions battle for the North Sea

This week union bosses said North Sea workers were “disenfranchised and getting angrier by the day”. At pay cuts and redundancies continue to dominate headlines, Energy Voice looks back at how the dialogue between employers and the unions has played out in the past year.