OIL giant Shell was blasted yesterday for joining a “dangerous and quickening race to the bottom” as it announced 250 job losses and attacks on shift patterns in the North Sea.
Rival company Taqa announced a cull of 100 more jobs.
The latest blow to the offshore industry comes less than a week after Chancellor George Osborne announced £1.3 billion in tax breaks.
Shell’s profits reached more than £10bn last year, while chief executive Ben van Beurden was paid £18 million — the second highest in the FTSE 100.
Offshore union Unite’s Pat Rafferty branded the situation a “growing scandal which could turn into a catastrophe.”
Fellow offshore union GMB will announce the results of a consultative strike ballot today. National officer for oil and gas David Hulse said bosses’ unilateral action would further damage deadlocked talks.