AWU oil and gas members are better off

The impact of COVID-19 is starting to take a toll on Australia’s oil and gas sector with crude prices at almost historic lows.

With global energy demand set to drop even further in the coming months, there have been a raft of stand-downs across the industry.

But, whilst this crisis is unprecedented, the Offshore Alliance (made up of the Australian Workers’ Union and the Maritime Union of Australia) is working harder than ever to
ensure members’ jobs are protected and that employers don’t see this as an excuse to cut wages, slash jobs, or change working conditions for the worse.

Our organisers and delegates are focused on securing the strongest enterprise agreements, on ensuring any changes to your working environment due to COVID-19 are just, and that workers will receive their rightful entitlements if they are stood down. They are also working with the major employers to mitigate job losses and to get people safely back working on their rigs and platforms.

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Earlier this month Chevron announced it was shedding thousands of jobs worldwide, with 600 job losses planned for Australia.

Members were informed with a memo on 6 May that said Chevron was seeking to cut 20-30% of its workforce, including contractors.

The memo provides very little information about which jobs Chevron will target, merely stating that the company will be conducting a review to ‘identify where [Chevron] could make the 20-30% workforce reductions’ and that they are ‘targeting to have all changes communicated by the end of Q3.’

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