Sullom Voe workers reject EnQuest proposals to 'restructure' firm

Workers at Sullom Voe Terminal have rejected plans by EnQuest to restructure the firm, Unite union has said.

A consultative ballot held by union members at the Shetland gas terminal returned  result of 93% against EnQuests proposals to cut staff numbers at the site.

EnQuest, which owns the Sullom Voe terminal in Shetland, revealed in July that it plans to cut its workforce by a quarter.

The firm announced it would look to cut 60 full time roles and 20 contractor positions.

EnQuest said it wants to implement the changes by January 2020.

It took over the terminal from oil and gas giant BP in December 2017 .

John Clark, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite members have emphatically rejected the proposed changes at Sullom Voe by EnQuest .

“The announcement by the company in July to reduce the workforce by a quarter and to significantly weaken the existing terms and conditions took everyone by surprise.

“Unite pledged to do everything we could to support the workforce following this all-out attack, which is why we have been consulting with our members through this difficult period on the next steps.

“The fierce opposition to EnQuest’s proposals now means that we move to the next stage in the dispute process before we reach the stage of possibly balloting for industrial action.”

EnQuest has been approached for comment.

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