If this pops up on your newsfeed, I would greatly appreciate if you would take a few minutes out of your day to read it and possibly even share it please.
The ‘65,000’ job losses in the last year that are again, being reported by the National press, are far from the truth. These numbers are mainly staff positions. Contractors within the industry are the ‘forgotten’ because their numbers don’t require to be reported to the government. You could potentially double those figures.
I have seen comments on social media in the past week alone that have astounded me regarding some people’s ignorance. One in particular, annoyed me considerably and that was that the person was “tired of receiving CVs from greedy ex oil workers with no qualifications”. Yes, the majority of people who still work in or have worked for the oil industry have good salaries. What were they supposed to do, refuse them and ask for half? The majority thinking their jobs were safe – who wouldn’t? – have taken out mortgages, loans, etc in accordance with those salaries that still have to be paid regardless of whether they’re working or not. No, some of them don’t have degrees coming out of their ears but they do have years and years of experience and in-house training. That apparently accounts for nothing.
When the clock chimes 4pm today, my husband, who has worked for the oil industry nearly all his working life since he was 16 will close his company laptop for the last time and will join the ranks of the unemployed for the first time in his life. For the past nearly 7 years, he has worked for one of the major oil companies, getting up at 5.30am every morning to work his butt off … to save theirs. So, the next time that you’re clapping your hands with glee when you’re at the filling station filling your vehicles with cheap petrol or diesel, when the lorry arrives with your cheap heating oil to heat your home, etc, PLEASE spare a thought for all the men and women, both on and offshore who helped get it there … and who are wishing that they were doing the same.
By Lynne Little