THE INTERNATIONAL Labour Organisation has released a report detailing how employment in the global oil and gas sectors has "shrunk dramatically" over the past 25 years. Citing "changing corporate structures and privatisation" as key reasons for the change, the Geneva based UN agency says that in the US alone, worker numbers slumped from a peak of 1.65 million workers in 1982 to roughly 640,000 by 2000. Reductions can happen suddenly, says the ILO, giving the loss of 2,250 jobs in Canada in 1998 when oil drilling activity fell by 10 per cent, ...

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