RMT union warns of catastrophic job losses due to coronavirus

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UK-based offshore energy workers’ union RMT is urging the British government to help the offshore industry through the coronavirus pandemic. It says it needs help to prevent “catastrophic” job losses and skills shortages in UK offshore.

The union wants the government to make a new offshore oil and gas industrial strategy, working with offshore unions and industry.

It says this would preserve the offshore oil and gas industry and jobs in the sector, especially in Scotland. The industry has taken a hit due to the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak and the collapse in the price of oil.

According to RMT, the UK may need to increase its reliance on imported fossil fuels as  the coronavirus outbreak continues.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: We are hearing that exploration projects on the UK continental shelf are being delayed or cancelled as oil gas prices plummet to unsustainable levels. This is threatening to take some operators to the wall, along with the contractor and supply chain workers maintaining their assets.

Government and industry’s Vision 2035 strategy now looks in serious jeopardy and we agree that immediate Government intervention, co-ordinated with trade unions, industry and the Scottish Government, is essential in order to protect jobs and skills across the supply chain, as....

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