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Urgent safety assessment’ over maintenance job cuts at Fife NGL Plant?

MP calls for urgent safety assessment’ over maintenance job cuts at Fife NGL Plant

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath SNP MP Neale Hanvey has written to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) raising “serious concerns” about reductions in staff at Shell’s Fife NGL Plant at Mossmorran.

It is understood  Shell intends to axe 63 out of 77 contractor jobs at the plant – a move trade union Unite has claimed could put lives at risk.

However, Shell has maintained, despite not disputing Unite’s figures, that not all roles being lost relate to “safety critical maintenance” and has given an assurance that safety at the plant would not be compromised.

Mr Hanvey said: “We must know what impact Shell’s plans will have on the safety of the site at Mossmorran.

“That’s why I’m calling for an independent assessment to be conducted by Sepa and HSE, and Shell must halt plans to cut jobs until we get these results.

“The first I heard about the proposed job cuts was from Shell to tell me that the news was about to hit the press. That is simply not good enough. And it only stokes suspicions that these proposed cuts are nothing more than corporate opportunism to bolster the bottom line.”

Mr Hanvey came under fire from campaigners from Mossmorran Action Group (MAG) at the weekend, with MAG taking to Twitter to say constituents deserved “a lot more from their MP”.

It followed a spat on social media between Mr Hanvey and Labour MSP Alex Rowley, who demanded the Scottish Government provided communities with answers about the safety of operations at Mossmorran.

Mr Hanvey said while he was working with operators, regulators and Unite to save jobs and improve safety Labour was calling for “closure and mass job losses”.

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