STUC ON INEOS DECISION

October 25th 2013

Reacting to the news that Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe has accepted Unite members’ proposals to keep the Grangemouth Petrochemical plant open, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said.

“Never in my 30 years at the STUC have I seen a union placed in such an impossible industrial relations position by a company. The approach of Ineos has flouted all of the norms of collective bargaining and the company effectively went on strike against its own workers, the local community and the people of Scotland.

“In that context Unite workers are to be congratulated for refusing to allow the plant to close, proving beyond doubt the strength and quality of their commitment to the site.

“The past week has proved beyond doubt that a plant of such critical importance to the local and Scottish economy requires the active support of elected governments and the fullest possible involvement of its workers and the wider community. We hope and trust that those who have worked so hard to keep the plant open will continue to co-operate to protect its future.”

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