Shell Sarawak to retrench its staff in Miri and Bintulu .

02Dec09

The Borneo Post Nov 30 2009 carried a news that Sarawak Shell Bhd is undergoing a restructuring excercise which may result in the retrenchment of , according to my source, a number of local staff , who are presently working in Miri and Bintulu Plants .

I suppose the prevailing GFC and the low price of Oil in recent past has eaten into Shell profitability . Moreover working under Petronas’s demanding regime is not that easy and has created increase cost and a great deal of uncertainty . All these means Shell will have to revamp its current business model and geared itself towards future profitability .

Does this include staff retrenchment and outsourcing of their activities . More cost reduction of some of their existing out sourced activities ? Technology improvement ?

At this stage , we hope that Shell will after the restructuring excercise come back fitter than ever and looking forward to be in Miri and Bintulu for many more years to come .

My thoughts go to the workers who may be retrenched and how they will be slowly be weaned from Shell and eased into the society .

Most Shell staff are highly trained and so they would not have difficulty in seeking employment albeit at a lower salary .

Shell will no doubt give them generous retrenchment benefits .

Some of by then ex staff may want to be involved in business and for those with inclination to do small business welcome to our Community . My advice to you is do your research and go for some business training . Good luck .

Shell has always been a good employer paying good salaries and benefits to its staff . In turn Miri and Bintulu have profited from Shell from the spin off of its activities . But all this may have to change .
And the earlier we take this into consideration the better it will be for everyone concerned .

This is the news report which I have extracted from Borneo Post dated Nov 30 2009 .

‘ MIRI: The state government will ensure that employees affected by Sarawak Shell Berhad’s restructuring exercise get a fair deal.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said the state government’s objective is to help minimise the impact, especially for those who have been working for the company for many years.
“We will put up your case and personally we have been in contact with Shell management to highlight the plight of Shell staff here,” said Dr Chan after receiving a courtesy call from Sarawak Shell Staff (SSS) Union exco committee members at the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Miri headquarters yesterday morning.
Assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Communication Development Datuk Lee Kim Shin and Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia were also present.
The SSS Union team handed over a memorandum to Dr Chan to seek his guidance on problems faced by them.
In the delegation were SSS deputy president Ashaari Saruji, secretary Solomon Nayub, treasurer Engelbert Naning, assistant secretary Ngau Imang, assistant treasurer Edward Ramba and committee member Mohd Mansor Mohd Hatim.
Dr Chan said the government wanted to ensure local workers were given a place as Shell downsized to cut its operations cost.



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