Macdonald demands answers on North Sea job losses



North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has today called on the SNP to answer important questions on the scale of job losses in Scotland following the oil price slump.

Ahead of an oral question on the issue this afternoon (10 February) Lewis Macdonald has written to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing to demand that the Scottish Government publishes a full analysis of the impact of the oil jobs crisis on the Scottish economy, to ensure that those facing redundancy can be given the proper support and advice.

Lewis said today:

“The Energy Jobs Taskforce cannot possibly do its job properly without access to up-to-date and accurate information on the scale of job losses currently affecting the North East and the wider Scottish economy.

“SNP Ministers are still quoting Oil & Gas UK’s estimated figure of 65,000 job losses across Britain from September 2015, and it is high time that detailed figures were produced for Scotland to ensure that government agencies are equipped to respond to the needs of those who have lost their jobs.

“At the recent Fraserburgh jobs fair, organised to support workers in the fish processing industry, a third of those attending had been made redundant from oil and gas jobs. Many of those had been given inaccurate advice regarding their eligibility for benefits, and had spent their redundancy packages supporting their families while they looked for a new job.

“Without information on how many workers have lost their jobs, it is impossible for government agencies to respond properly, and impossible to ensure workers are being given the right a

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