The Offshore Alliance says Woodside standing down 400 contract workers offshore Western Australia is “unforgivable and unacceptable”.
In statement released earlier today, the Offshore Alliance accused Woodside of mistreating workers rights on the Goodwyn and North Rankin platforms saying 400 workers had been stood down without pay.
“Over the years, Woodside has made multibillion-dollar profits from the efforts of their highly skilled offshore workforce but have callously punted them at the first opportunity,” a statement from the Offshore Alliance said.
“Their actions are repugnant.
“Woodside created a casual workforce on the offshore platforms.
“They then forced these same workers to take a 42 per cent pay cut in 2017 and are now dumping them on the unemployment scrap heap.
“Not one worker has accrued leave entitlements to fall back on because Woodside effectively forced its contractor workforce on to ‘permanent casual’ employment contracts.
“The Offshore Alliance will be holding Woodside to account.”
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have significant economic repercussions across a range of industries, including oil and gas, with restrictions on working conditions, closing of international borders, reductions in imports and exports and the oil price crash all contributing to a severe instability in the market.
The Offshore Alliance, a partnership between the Maritime Union of Australia and the Australian Workers Union, said they expected mental health issues to arise from the job cuts and said the group “won’t be backing down”.
Woodside is yet to comment on the issue.
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