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MSN News (Press Association Report): Fears for jobs at oil giant Shell

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MSN News: Fears for jobs at oil giant Shell – 30.12.2007 15:26

There are fears that oil giant Shell is preparing to shed around 3,200 jobs in the latest cost-cutting move by the industry.

The company has told staff it is planning to outsource “a substantial part” of its IT infrastructure services division, believed to comprise a total of 3,600 staff.

Detailed consultations with workers affected begin early in the new year, with a start date for the new arrangements planned for July 1.

The move by the Anglo-Dutch producer follows hundreds of UK jobs cuts and the off-loading of thousands of other worldwide posts at rival oil firm BP.

Details about Shell’s move were outlined in an apparent leaked email from the company’s vice president of IT infrastructure, Goh Swee-Chen.

In the message, dated December 19, she said three partners had been selected for the outsourcing deal – EDS, AT&T and T-systems – with contracts expected to be signed in March next year.

Ms Swee Chen told staff: “I acknowledge that there will still be uncertainty as we are working through the finalisation of contracts, open resourcing and transition preparations.

“I encourage you to keep an open mind and take the time to learn more about the suppliers as employers and as business partners.”

A series of “Facing Change” meetings for staff has been set up from January 8 to outline the proposals, she added.

The message was sent to the campaigning website, which is occasionally used by Shell staff to air their grievances. A spokeswoman for Shell refused to comment on the email, but confirmed the outsourcing plans. and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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