Grangemouth, the powerhouse of Scotland’s economy, stands idle today. Ineos owner Jim Ratcliffe bears full responsibility for this. Unite and the 1400 people working there oppose this closure.
But Ineos is waging a campaign of fear against its employees. It is attacking the workers’ union, Unite, and their representatives. It has avoided paying a penny in tax for four years. Its finances are a mystery.
Now it risks destroying good Scottish jobs. This climate of fear has been created to try to force working men and women into signing away their rights and the pensions for which they have saved all their working lives.
This is a company that is out of control. This is holding Scotland to ransom.
Unite worked tirelessly to drag this company to the negotiating table only for management to walk away just as a settlement was at hand.
Grangemouth is now in serious danger because of management behaviour.
Grangemouth is a world class facility. Its workforce serves our country honourably. These men and women deserve better.Unite is determined to stop Ineos ruining Grangemouth.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey writes in The Guardian, "Unite's priority is standing up for its members in the face of onslaught by powerful companies. Labour should take note".