A complete of 1,650 North Sea oil and gas employees will walk out today, Thursday 1 June 2023, as a part of the sector’s biggest industrial motion over profiteering, pay and conditions.
Rosemary Harris will probably be introducing a showing of the Offshore documentary about energy employees on the Cinema Climatic film showing on the Paintworks in Bristol on Saturday, 17 June 2023. Buy your ticket now.
The walkout will hit multibillion oil and gas operators including Apache, BP, Harbour Energy, Enquest, Repsol, Shell, TAQA and Ithaca, which part-owns the controversial Rosebank oil field. It follows previous rounds of strike motion in April and May.
Data released on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics shows that North Sea oil and gas firms have just seen their highest annual profit margins in greater than a decade.
Rosemary Harris, Just Transition Campaigner at Platform, said: “Oil firms are treating employees like a political football, talking about protecting jobs when it suits them and laying people off when it doesn’t.
“Oil and gas has long been bad for jobs, for energy security and for the climate. Staff don’t need meaningless platitudes about jobs from industry and government, they need their demands for a just transition to be taken seriously.
“Labour’s pledge to dam latest oil and gas developments lays the foundations for shielding jobs, communities and the climate.
“We are able to’t allow oil firms only fascinated with their profit margins to face in the best way of making secure, sustainable green jobs, inexpensive energy and a liveable planet.”
Brendan Montague is editor of The Ecologist. Rosemary Harris will probably be introducing a showing of the Offshore documentary about energy employees on the Cinema Climatic film showing on the Paintworks in Bristol on Saturday, 17 June 2023. Buy your ticket now.