Grangemouth petro-chem refinery to re-open ‘with immediate effect’

Alastair Carmichael (MP), Scottish Secretary
Alastair Carmichael (MP), Scottish Secretary

The petrochemical refiner at Grangemouth, near Falkirk, is to re-open after Ineos management accepted the revised terms on pay and conditions offered by worker in the Unite trade union.

By a factor of 2:1, workers had earlier voted to reject a management offer which also required a ‘no-strike’ agreement. Ineos then announced that the plant was to be closed down permanently.
Staff were told at a mass meeting at 11.00am today that the plant is now to re-open ‘with immediate effect;.
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, MP, commented: “This is the news that we all wanted. The staff and their families have been through a very stressful and uncertain time. They have been through a hell of a week and I hope they have a much better weekend as a result of today’s announcement.

“This is the outcome we have worked towards and one which Scotland and Grangemouth deserve. There are undoubtedly lessons to be learned from this dispute but for now we should focus on the immediate success of securing the site’s future. “The joint talks at Ineos yesterday have been just one part of the UK Government’s efforts to find a solution to this crisis.”

Carmichael also confirmed that the UK Guarantee for the new ethane facility was a key element in the discussions to keep the plant open and it will be an important part of the company’s plans for the future.

Mr Carmichael confirmed at a meeting with Ineos yesterday that the UK Government agrees the Grangemouth ethane project remained prequalified under the UK Guarantees Scheme.

Ed Davey (MP) UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change added: “This is a very positive result. Grangemouth is important to the Scottish economy, the UK economy and most importantly to the local economy where 800 jobs have been saved and the local community has avoided a major blow. We can now look forward to a future of growth at Grangemouth.

“Many people in the UK and Scottish Governments have worked hard to make this happen, a clear sign of our commitment to Scotland, its economy and its people.”

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