MP is still fighting for equal rights for oil and gas workers.
Angus Macneil MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar is writing again to the Scottish Transport Secretary and Scotland’s First Minister seeking an exemption from quarantine for Oil & Gas workers and seafarers returning to their homes in the UK.
He is also writing to the UK Government Transport Minister in an attempt to gain some resolve to this issue for many of his constituents.
Commenting Mr MacNeil said: “For quite some time, I have been trying to get pre-travel testing for these workers close to their homes but the Governments have simply not been interested. Now, all of a sudden, the Government want to impose 10 days managed isolation on them as they return home to the UK from their place of employment.
“Surely we need to have a better approach than this, particularly given they are usually working in ‘covid secure bubbles’ while away and will have quarantined before they join either the rig or ship and present absolutely no greater risk than workers coming off ships and rigs in our own waters. Indeed, many are actually travelling in from countries who currently have a lower covid risk than Scotland or the UK presently have.
“This is fast becoming a nightmare for these families – one of my constituents was stuck in a hotel in London till February 28 having left home for a six week trip on December 26. The whole situation is shambolic with chaotic guidelines which even the Governments own agencies are struggling to understand!
“Hopefully this will be looked at quickly as these oil and offshore gas industries will struggle to function if current quarantine demands continue.”