RMT calls for government action to save the offshore oil and gas sector

Health and Safety, HR, Oil Industry, Rail — By on March 25, 2020 at 12:14 PM

Mick Cash

RMT calls for government action to save the offshore oil and gas sector

OFFSHORE union RMT demanded action now to save workers’ jobs and skills from the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 and the collapse in the price of oil to under $25 per barrel in a letter sent today to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:

“We have written to the Chancellor because our members in the offshore oil and gas sector are being ignored by government in this time of national crisis.

“The offshore trade unions have a central role to play in protecting our skilled offshore and supply chain workers from the effects of the pandemic and the international oil crisis.

“The government has to take steps, now to work with us all to formulate an emergency industrial strategy that saves oil and gas jobs from cut throat competition and builds the foundations for sustainable recovery. After being treated like expendable assets during the last oil price crisis, offshore workers deserve this basic level of protection of their wages, health and skills.”

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