Unite Repeats Calls for Job Transparency in Wood Group, Amec Deal

Unite Repeats Calls for Job Transparency in Wood Group, Amec Deal
UK union Unite repeats calls for transparency on jobs following the takeover of oil and gas operator Amec Foster Wheeler plc by Wood Group plc.

UK union Unite has repeated its calls for transparency on jobs following the takeover of oil and gas operator Amec Foster Wheeler plc by Wood Group plc.

 

 

Although Wood Group revealed Wednesday that the combined group will implement a number of workforce efficiencies, Unite said the company has still not told workers what its plans will mean in practice.

“We have met with Wood Group since the announcement of their merger with Amec Foster Wheeler and asked them specifically about the possible impact, but we have still not been given details of the company’s plans on jobs,” Unite Regional Officer John Boland said in a union statement.

“It is incredibly disappointing that the company are making public statements about efficiency savings, without first speaking to workers and their representatives about what that means. We need full transparency and consultation over any future changes that will affect staff,” he added.

An Amec Foster Wheeler representative refused to answer questions about potential job losses at the company as a result of the deal, when asked recently by Rigzone.

Although a Wood Group representative told Rigzone that it was inappropriate to talk about how many jobs could go back in March, the spokesperson revealed that the company’s focus is on growth and creating employment opportunities in the longer term.

On March 13, Unite demanded full disclosure from Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler on any employment plans, following the announcement of a deal worth $2.7 billion.

Following Wood Group’s update on Wednesday, shares in both companies jumped, the Financial Times revealed.

 

 

A graduate in journalism from Cardiff University, Andreas has eight years of experience as a business journalist. Email Andreas at andreas.exarheas@rigzone.com

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Scott Southerland | Apr. 6, 2017
Sounds like the Jocks in Scotland are in the same boat as everyone else these days?


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