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Angry Shell workers in job threat
Offshore workers have threatened to quit Shell after being denied bonuses.
The workers on 15 Shell platforms in the North Sea said they have been told they missed targets and will not get any extra money this year.
Shell recently announced profits of £13bn and the workers and unions have expressed anger at what they said is bad timing.
The company said performance bonuses were only paid when specific targets were met.
Many of the workers were said to be looking for other jobs in the wake of the news.
Jake Molloy, of the OILC, union told BBC Scotland on Monday: “Coming just days after the record £13bn profits to then tell a workforce that there will be no bonuses this year I think is very very poor timing.”
However he added: “Bonuses are not a God-given right and there's nothing from a lawful standpoint that the lads can do.”
One Shell worker said: “Only a week or so ago the company announced the biggest profit ever of any British corporation – £13bn.
'Slap in mouth'
“The man in the street might think this was good news for the workforce under Shell but nothing could be further from the truth.
“We're at the sharp end doing the business for the business and get nothing while the top bananas are stuffing their pockets and the pockets of shareholders.
“This is a real slap in the mouth from Shell and is probably going to cost them dear because a lot of people are putting in transfers and looking for other jobs.”
A spokesperson for Shell said performance bonuses were only paid when specific targets were achieved and that did not happen in 2005.
Shell said the scheme was being reviewed and the company was committed to offering competitive packages, part of which included bonuses.

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