15 January 2015
RMT Press Office
With oil giant BP lining up an announcement on major job losses in Aberdeen this morning offshore union RMT has warned of lasting damage to the UK's long term energy security from short term measures in response to the recent drop in oil prices. The union is demanding sharp and decisive action from minister Ed Davey to head off serious long term damage to UK energy capacity.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“In the wake of the current price slump RMT is demanding that Westminster and the Scottish Parliament adopt a crisis management approach today to ensure sustained production, maintenance of infrastructure, retention of skills, and a robustly regulated regime in the future. Warm words from the Minister Ed Davey have to be matched by sharp and decisive action.
“If immediate action isn’t taken then we risk turning today's crisis into longer term damage that would threaten the very core of our offshore industry. This is no time for playing politics when the security of UK energy supplies is on the line.
“Today's expected BP announcement confirms the RMT warning that tens of thousands of jobs in the industry are at stake, along with the prospect of lasting damage to infrastructure, production capacity and the safety culture. Intervention is absolutely critical and that is the case that we are setting out today to the politicians north and south of the border and from all sides.”