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thisisaberdeen.co.uk: OIL UNIONS SAY SHELL SHOULD GO

12:00 – 08 November 2007

A Union leader has called for oil giant Shell to quit the North Sea.

Unite’s Amicus regional officer Graham Tran made the demand after a Health and Safety Executive investigation upheld unions’ concerns over safety.

The unions claimed there were gaps in “safety-critical” positions on the five installations which are being sold by Shell.

And the HSE confirmed that aspects of the complaint from the OILC and Unite unions were justified.

Mr Tran, pictured, said he wanted to see Shell leave British waters.

He said: “They have no credibility in terms of safety at this moment in time in the North Sea.

“As far as I am concerned there is a permanent for sale sign on Shell’s assets in the North Sea.

“I believe the sooner they leave British waters the better for the sake of the safety of all workers – before there is another serious incident on a Shell installation.”

The unions said complaints over workloads, management culture, working hours were upheld by the HSE. But concerns over emergency response team numbers were not.

The HSE said: “Shell has taken action to address the matters and ensure its own procedures are followed and monitored and, where necessary, additional measures are implemented.”

A spokeswoman for Shell said they were addressing safety concerns: “Safety remains our first priority.”

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