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Decommissioning Must Be Done In UK Yards

Thursday, December 21, 2017

 

GMB WELCOMES NEW OGA DECOMMISSIONING SAFEGUARDS BUT SAYS WORK MUST BE CARRIED OUT BY UK YARDS

Given every UK household will contribute to decommissioning work for decades through UK taxpayer subsidies, it is not unreasonable for those same taxpayers to expect prosperity for UK communities in return says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in the offshore supply chain, welcomes new measures introduced by the OGA designed to get the best value for money out of future projects. [1]

But the Government must get this right as thousands of UK jobs could depend on this work.

GMB again calls on the UK Government to ensure UK yards in Scotland and the North East of England do not miss out on the opportunity decommissioning presents.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said:

"There are compelling socio-economic arguments for this work to be awarded to UK yards, rather than going abroad.

“The Treasury will benefit through taxation and NI payments made if the work is undertaken in UK yards, coupled with the multiplier effect of UK workers spending in their local communities.

“With Brexit looming, this work could bring much needed prosperity to areas that could suffer further deprivation if the work was to be undertaken outside the UK.

“Given every UK household will contribute to decommissioning work for decades through UK taxpayer subsidies, it is not unreasonable for those same taxpayers to expect prosperity for UK communities in return".

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07358 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/news-publications/news/2017/oga-formalises-relationship-with-operators-on-supply-chain-matters/

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