A Lerwick chippie is restricting the numbers of oil and gas industry workers it allows through its door at any one time because of barge residents “struggling to behave like humans”.
The Harbour Fish and Chip Shop in the town’s Harrison Square put up a sign insisting it wants to see no more than four employees from three companies operating in the oil and gas sector.
The poster, which bills itself as a safety notice, reads: “No more than four of the following employees in shop at one time
• Morrison Construction
• Wood Group PSN
due to a minority of grown men struggling to behave like humans. Thank you.”
Staff at the shop have declined to comment. But privately concerns have been highlighted about racially abusive incidents and anti-social behaviour allegedly perpetrated by workers living in nearby barges.
The incident has sparked online debate, with some apparently taking the side of industry workers.
A Facebook post by “The Rig Workers Rant” was dismissive of the isles – and its women.
“Racial abuse and grown men fighting is never a good company image,” the rant said. “I suppose this is what happens when you thump 2,000 ex-convicts together as construction contractors on an Island where the sheep are more appealing than the women!”
Petrofac spokesman Nathaniel Mumford said the behaviour was unacceptable.
“We take our responsibilities to the Shetland community extremely seriously and make every effort to impress them on our staff and those of our contractors.
“This includes strict guidelines for appropriate behaviour on and off-site. If we find evidence that these guidelines have been breached then appropriate action will be taken.”
Wood Group’s Carolyn Smith said: “Wood Group PSN respects all the communities in which we operate and any breach of acceptable behaviour by our workforce would result in us taking appropriate action.”
Lynsey Anderson, from Morrison Construction, said it took the issue of antisocial behaviour very seriously.
“While we have received no direct reports that our own operatives have been involved in any recent incidents, Morrison Construction takes the behaviour of its staff and their conduct within the wider community very seriously. As a result we are reiterating to all of our operatives in Lerwick the standard of behaviour expected of them and we will not tolerate any actions that cause distress to the local community.
“We will continue to strive to maintain good relations with the wider community wherever possible and ask anybody who does have a concern to contact us as soon as possible.”
It came as police have began enquiries into reports of an assault within the chip shop.
It comes as police have begun enquiries into reports of an assault within the chip shop.
The incident is said to have happened on Sunday. Police say it was reported by a third party, and are urging the victims of the assault to come forward and make themselves known so full enquiries can be made.
It is believed that two men were assaulted and that two other males were responsible.
Anyone with any information is requested to contact the police on 101 or speak to any police officer.