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BBC News: Shell to shed 180 Aberdeen jobs

Wednesday, 23 April 2008 09:59 UK

Shell said the 180 Aberdeen jobs were office-based
Oil giant Shell is to shed 180 jobs in Aberdeen, it has announced.

The company said the office-based posts were going in the next three years to help “secure its long-term competitive future in the UK”.

Staff at the company’s Aberdeen headquarters were given the news in a statement from management on Wednesday morning.

Shell said the move was due to market pressures and the need to remain competitive. Unions expressed concern.

‘Considerable concern’

Shell’s technical vice president John Gallagher said: “The organisational changes announced will better position Shell to focus on our strengths.

“We will bring our advanced technology into play and better deliver competitive projects in the North Sea that we are just bringing on stream.”

The company said it was “committed to minimising the number of compulsory redundancies”.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Nicol Stephen, the Aberdeen South MSP, said: “This will cause considerable concern among the individuals and families affected. It’s disappointing that this is happening at a time when the oil price is so strong.

“I will be writing to Shell to urge that compulsory redundancies are avoided.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7362348.stm

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