ConocoPhillips plan to axe 450 jobs

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ConocoPhillips have today confirmed they plan to cut 450 jobs across the UK.
Conoco currently employs around 700 people in Aberdeen, the positions and locations of the staff members affected by the cuts are still to be confirmed.
The spokeswoman for the company said it was too early to say how many jobs would be lost in Aberdeen and is a response to the firm halting oil production in the southern North Sea.
Ross Thomson, Conservative MP for Aberdeen South, said: “This will obviously be very worrying news for employees at Conoco Philips in Aberdeen.
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“I will be urgently seeking further information on exactly how many posts in the city may be affected.
“The timing of the announcement is surprising given recent signs of a recovery in the North Sea sector.
“It is particularly disappointing to hear this on a day that BP has announced it is developing two new fields in the UK Continental Shelf capable of producing 30,000 barrels of oil a day.”
Jake Molloy, regional organiser for trade union RMT said: “This is more disappointing news.
“It flies in the face of countless analysts who said that we’ve turned the corner.
“I’m sure there are a lot of worried workers, that have the dark cloud of redundancy and termination hanging over them.”
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