24 March 2021
RMT Press Office:
OFFSHORE UNION RMT today responded to the UK Government’s announcement of a North Sea Transition Deal which will have a major impact on offshore oil and gas workers.
It is also vital to local employment in the supply chain for offshore renewables and decommissioning, and in nascent net zero sectors such as hydrogen production and carbon capture and storage.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“We need a just transition for all workers across the offshore oil and gas sector, from catering staff and divers to those on drilling rigs who have borne the brunt of the industry's attacks on jobs during the pandemic.
“North Sea oil and gas will have a role in the energy mix which is compatible with net zero ambitions, as long as this Deal plays its part in securing the domestic supply of resources and jobs throughout the supply chain.
“Trade unions are ready for the work to achieve a just transition for our members into offshore wind, hydrogen and CCUS but industry needs to be compelled to invest more in achieving this, otherwise jobs will be lost and growing skills gaps will lock local workers out of the UK Government’s Deal and any wider green recovery.”