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Grangemouth oil refinery faces uncertain future

24th October 2013 All News and Offers

Grangemouth oil refineryAmid threats of closure to the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland, an uncertain future lies ahead for all 800 employees were told they would lose their jobs when Ineos announced the closure on Wednesday.

Workers had rejected proposals by the firm to end their final salary pension scheme and cut shift allowances.

However, Unite said it had made a number of recommendations to Ineos at the meeting on Thursday morning.

General secretary Len McCluskey said: “This plant is on cold shut down and each day that goes by makes it harder to start back up again, which is why the stewards made the offer to the company – so that we can get people back to work.”

He said the union would not let the plant close, adding Unite had been “encouraged” by similar comments from First Minister Alex Salmond.

Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking during a visit to Yorkshire, said he remained hopeful a resolution to the dispute could be reached.

He added: “This is an important business for Scotland, it’s a very important industry for the whole of the United Kingdom.

“We want to see those jobs saved, we want to see this business thrive, and I’m hopeful that agreements will be reached.”

In the event of any closure at Grangemouth, be assured that your supply of home heating oil will not be affected.