BRITAIN’S offshore oil industry suffered another hammer-blow yesterday with as bosses broke news of plans to sack 600 workers.
The Unite union has called for an “emergency convention” into the crisis facing Britain’s oil and gas industries, which have lost 65,000 jobs across Britain in the last year.
The North Sea jobs will be axed over the next two years by oil giant BP, though most will go this year.
Globally BP plans to sack another 4,000 workers in its exploration and production operations.
The announcement comes against the background of plummeting worldwide oil prices which have still not been fully reflected at the country’s petrol stations.
Unite called for the government and industry to work with offshore trade unions to tackle the “ongoing crisis.”
Regional officer John Boland said: “We need an emergency convention of all the industry stakeholders — government, employers and trade unions — to tackle this crisis so we have a safe and sustainable industry for the next generation.”
Rail and maritime union general secretary Mick Cash said: “This is yet more bad news for the UK’s battered offshore industry and RMT notes that the bulk of these jobs are due to be axed over the next 12 months, leaving BP seriously exposed when the current cycle on oil prices starts heading back upwards.
“RMT will continue to fight against short-termism in the offshore industry with its downward pressure on jobs, pay and safety.”Oil prices have slumped to $32 (£22) a barrel from $140 (£97) a barrel.