Companies in the North Sea are being urged not to make decisions “on the hoof” that could affect the oil and gas sector in the long term.
The comment from GMB, the union for workers employed by offshore contractors in the North Sea, follows BP’s announcement to get rid of 300 jobs at its oil and gas platforms.
David Hulse, GMB National Officer said: “GMB is asking contractors and clients in the North Sea oil and gas industry to hold off from making fundamental decisions affecting the long-term future of this industry until we have all had a proper chance to assess the current situation and what needs to be done including action by UK and Scottish Governments.”
Energy Secretary Ed Davey sympathised with those affected by BP’s job cuts.
He added: “The recent sharp reductions in oil prices are very challenging for companies active in the North Sea.
“That’s why I’m here in Aberdeen today to meet with industry leaders to address the challenges the North Sea industry faces both in the short and longer term as a matter of priority.”