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Onshore News: Dozens of North Sea Oil Workers Sacked

Posted on 01.01.2004 - 10:51 EST in ONSHORE NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Dozens of North Sea oil and gas workers are facing a bleak New Year after bosses announced redundancies with immediate effect.

More than 50 jobs at drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe have been axed, with 48 employees being asked to leave straight away. All workers were crew on the Magellan jack-up drilling rig which has been stacked in the Cromarty Firth since it finished its contract at the end of August. A spokesman for the company confirmed that 48 had left with an agreed severance package. The remaining 44 crew assigned to that rig will continue working alternative shifts to carry out essential maintenance work. Graham Tran, regional officer with offshore union Amicus warned that hundreds more jobs would be axed in 2004. He said: "It may be GlobalSantaFe now. It will be somebody else tomorrow. We can't go on like this. There is a mass exodus of jobs from the drilling sector. In the new year we will be seeking talks with local MPs and the Government."

December 31, 2004


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