ASCO: Health, Safety of Employees of Paramount Importance
Oil and gas logistics company ASCO has emphasized that the health and safety of its employees is of paramount importance, after UK union Unite called the safety of a proposed new shift pattern at the firm into question.
“The health, safety and well-being of our employees remains of paramount importance at all times and any potential changes of work patterns being considered are in line with the Working Time Regulations,” ASCO Europe CEO Craig Lennox told Rigzone.
Workers employed by ASCO are deeply unhappy about proposals to move them on to new shifts that won’t have set working hours, according to a statement from UK union Unite.
“We have carried out consultations with Unite members at ASCO in Peterhead, and they have been unanimously against the introduction of these shift patterns,” Unite Regional Officer Victor Fraser said.
The proposals could see workers called in to work different hours at short notice, as and when the company requires, according to Unite.
“It’s also recognized by the Health & Safety Executive that irregular working hours and badly-planned shift patterns are a major cause of worker fatigue, and the consequences of that could be extremely serious,” Fraser said.
In response to Unite’s comments, ASCO suggested that an efficiency drive was necessary for the viable continuation of North Sea operations.
“To ensure the North Sea remains a viable source of oil and gas for as long as possible we are taking steps to maximize our efficiency,” Lennox said.
“We are currently consulting directly with a relatively small group of our employees about moving to a more flexible working pattern with fewer hours worked per month in line with the changes we successfully introduced in Aberdeen last year,” he added.
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