Offshore helicopter operators Bristow, have announced the likelihood that up to 130 jobs within the UK sector may go.
Bristow, who operate offshore helicopters from bases in Scatsta; Sumburgh; Aberdeen; Humberside and Norwich, have claimed the job losses are down to the cut in the price of oil and slowdown in the UK sector of the North Sea.
A statement released by Bristow claimed that the company has taken tough measures since the plummet in oil prices, in order to stay competitive and to steer clear of job losses. However, measures taken had not got Bristow near where it needed to be financially, and that it had no choice but to make job losses.
The union for pilots Balpa have claimed that Bristow’s proposals for job cuts, means as many as 66 pilots look to lose their jobs.
A spokesman for Bristow said: “The company has taken numerous measures to reduce costs by working closely with clients to improve operational efficiencies……However, we have not been able to reach the level of cost reduction needed and approximately 130 personnel may be affected by redundancy in the UK.” Further the spokesman said, “Bristow is fully committed to ensuring the highest levels of safety standards are maintained throughout this difficult process.”
It’s believed talks between Bristow and the offshore pilots union Balpa have already begun.