Unite will “embrace” Grangemouth survival plan “warts and all”

Unite’s General Secretary Len McCluskey has said the union will “embrace” the survival plan of Grangemouth owner INEOS “warts and all” in order to prevent the closure of the petrochemical plant, which was announced yesterday morning. Union officials and management from INEOS met at 8am today to hold talks. Mr McCluskey said he had spoken […]

Grangemouth petrochemical plant to close for good

The Grangemouth petrochemical plant is to close for good with the liquidation expected to begin within a week, its owner announced today. Following the failure of talks with the Unite union and a narrowly averted strike, the Grangemouth site had been temporarily shutdown since last week, whilst the owner INEOS tried to secure a deal […]

Scottish Government searching for buyer for Grangemouth refinery

The Scottish Government is trying to find a buyer for the troubled Grangemouth oil refinery. John Swinney, Scottish Finance Secretary said: “In view of the clear danger of a stalemate developing between the owners and the union, the Scottish Government has indeed been actively pursuing alternative options. This is what the people of Scotland expect. […]

Threat of Grangemouth refinery closure “is not a bluff”

The Chairman of INEOS says the threatened closure of the Grangemouth refinery “is not a bluff.” Jim Ratcliffe told the Sunday Times: “It’s really simple. The employees have a decision to make.” He added: “They either want a future for Grangemouth and are prepared to accept change or they wish to continue to inflict damage […]

Scots oil refinery strike looms?

A walk-out at Scotland’s sole petrochemical refinery looms after Unite union members began limited industrial action yesterday. From midnight on Monday workers at Grangemouth (pictured) began their protest which falls short of a strike – including a ban on overtime – after 81% of Unite members who voted were in favour of it in at […]

EDF Energy signs key Hinkley Point C deals with unions

Power supplier EDF Energy has signed two labour relations agreements with trade unions and a major contractor for the proposed new nuclear project at Hinkley Point C. They include a ‘Common Framework Agreement’ covering industrial relations, recruitment, training, apprenticeships, health and welfare and a ‘Civils Sector Agreement’ relating to pay and pensions. By the time […]

Union ‘confident’ nuclear waste facility will go through

Unions across the country are “disappointed” with Cumbria Council’s decision against building a nuclear waste facility in the area but some are “confident” it will go through. The response follows a no-vote from the County Council Cabinet members on Wednesday as they withdrew from the process of finding a host community to build a £12 […]

180 Coryton workers to lose jobs

About 180 workers at the Coryton refinery will be made redundant next week, its administrators announced. The news comes after PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) failed to find a buyer for the Essex site earlier this year. Swiss owner Petroplus held a meeting earlier this week with the employees and the Unite union at Coryton to explain their […]

Coryton workers “kicked in the teeth” by Government

The UK Government has decided not to provide support for the Coryton refinery with nearly 1000 workers being “kicked in the teeth.” The Government announced it won’t be applying for state aid from the European Commission after the refinery’s administrators failed to find a buyer for the site. A Government spokesperson said: “We have come […]

‘RIP Coryton’ wreath presented at protest

Coryton workers unveiled a RIP wreath at a protest today against the closure of the refinery. The wreath made by a local florist in the Essex town of Corringham summed up the sombre mood. Labour MEP Richard Howitt, (pictured right), who has helped campaign against the shutdown, joined the protest this morning. He tweeted: “Colours […]