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Unheard voices of decline in the Scottish Oil Sector
  This paper examines how employment in the Scottish oil industry is changing as the industry declines, shedding in excess of 120,000 jobs between 2014 and 2016 as oil prices fell. Yet, the absence of workers’ voice in policy discussions about how best to safeguard the industry and utilise their skills has meant that other stakeholders’ interests have been privileged. Drawing from in depth oral history interviews with off shore oil workers, it is argued that workers are experiencing lower wages, fewer shifts, difficulty accessing re-training and career changes as well as adverse effects on family life and wellbeing.

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  • Date:

    07 June 2018

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  • Library of Congress:

    HC Economic History and Conditions

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    338 Production

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


O'Neil, J., & Ellis, V. (2018, June). Unheard voices of decline in the Scottish Oil Sector. Presented at BUIRA History of Industrial Relations Study Group, University of Westminster



moral economy, oil sector, de-industrialisation, skills,

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