Unite the union has today (3 July) reacted with dismay at the announcement by EnQuest - which owns the Sullom Voe terminal in Shetland - to cut its workforce by a quarter. EnQuest has informed Unite that it will now open a six week consultation on the reduction of 60 full time employees and 20 contractor positions at the site, which will begin on 23 July.

The company, as part of this consultation process, is also proposing to renegotiate the existing terms and conditions of the workforce in order to be ‘commercially competitive’ and have these changes in place by January 2020. EnQuest is also in talks with BP to continue exporting oil from the Clair Field west of Shetland and to stop oil potentially by-passing the terminal. EnQuest officially took over the terminal ending BP’s association with the site in December 2017.

John Clark, Unite regional industrial officer, said: "There has been utter dismay and bemusement following the announcement by EnQuest to reduce the workforce by a quarter. The sheer scale of the possible redundancies, which includes 60 full time employees and 20 contractors has taken everyone by surprise. To add insult to injury, EnQuest is also proposing to weaken the existing terms and conditions of the workforce. Unite will not stand idly by and allow jobs to be sacrificed to facilitate a competitive edge for other projects. We will explore every option including balloting our members for industrial action.”


For more information contact John Clark on 07785611897.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country's biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.