13 September 2021
RMT Press Office:
OFFSHORE ENERGY UNION RMT today responded to the launch of the fourth round of publicly funded Contracts for Difference between the UK Government and offshore wind farm developers.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“This will seal the deal for another generation of offshore wind farms across the North Sea.
“The developers who get these contracts must produce Supply Chain Plans that benefit UK workers and businesses in every part of the supply chain – labour costs must not be hacked back to pay private dividends off the back of workers’ terms and conditions.
“The climate and our communities cannot take many more investment failures such as CS Wind. We must also see these contracts used to tackle minimum wage evasion, excessive hours and other unacceptable employment practices affecting seafarers in the maritime supply chain all of which could be avoided by recognising trade unions.
“Industry has forecast an increase of over 160% in jobs in offshore wind by 2026. Loopholes around employment, re-training, immigration and safety must be closed if those green jobs are to go to workers in North East Scotland and elsewhere in the years and decades ahead.
“The fanfare around CfD must not distract politicians, environmentalists or the labour movement from the need for stronger links between these public offshore wind projects and good quality UK jobs, green energy, skills and tax revenue.”