by Andreas Exarheas | Rigzone Staff | Monday, April 03, 2017
Royal Dutch Shell plc has confirmed that more than 200 workers will be cut from its Norwegian operations.
“The planned organizational adjustments entail a reduction of 75 employee positions. This will bring Norske Shell’s total number of employees from 680 to 605,” a Shell representative told Rigzone.
“We have also announced that 156 contracts with hired staff are likely to be impacted by the planned changes. Norske Shell employees will be given the opportunity to apply for selective voluntary severance packages,” the spokesperson added.
The reduction process was initiated to improve the company’s organizational structure and “right-size” the organization for the activity levels seen in the coming future, according to the representative.
Departments impacted by the changes include operations, operations support and project divisions. Changes are expected to take place after the summer.
“The aim with all our current improvement activities, including the organizational adjustments, is to make us an even more competitive and sustainable company – with the capabilities to take on future challenges on the Norwegian Continental Shelf,” the spokesperson said.
Norwegian union Safe revealed news of the workforce cuts on Friday March 31.
“We have participated in a project to strengthen Nyhamna competitiveness, and the company has chosen a solution that we as a club do not agree [with],” leader of the SAFE club at Nyhamna, Svein Joar Dørum, said in a translated statement on the union’s website.
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