25 February 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT welcomes breakthrough on COVID quarantine exemptions for offshore workers
OFFSHORE UNION RMT today responded to the Scottish Government’s amendment to quarantine legislation to exempt offshore oil and gas workers returning to Scotland from or via a non-acute country.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said;
“This is a sensible move and one which RMT has been calling on the Scottish Government to make. Whilst it is frustrating that it can’t be retrospectively applied, it will provide some relief to our members in offshore oil and gas.
“The next step is to ensure that all key workers in offshore energy are not faced with an astronomical bill when returning home from work outside the EU. Building on the extensive mitigation measures in the workplace and during travel, the UK Government must now review the quarantine requirements applying to offshore workers and seafarers returning from work in Red List countries and set out a vaccination road map for these key workers.”