Following last year’s dispute at Grangemouth, Britain’s largest union Unite and the petrochemical company Ineos have reached an agreement allowing Unite continued direct access to recruit new starters at the complex, it was confirmed today.
The agreement, hailed as a positive step forward by the union, also sees Ineos reintroduce the check off system and allows employees to pay their Unite membership fees direct from their monthly pay packet.
As a result of the agreement, Unite will have access to ask those who have started work after 1 January this year as to whether they want to join Unite.
Commenting Pat Rafferty, Unite Scotland regional secretary, said: “This is a positive step forward. Unite will continue to represent the interests of our members at the Grangemouth complex. We remain extremely concerned about the exodus of experienced workers from Grangemouth and the impact this has on health and safety, but expect that this step will lead to much more constructive discussions on site."
Jim Mowatt, national lead negotiator for Ineos, said “The workforce now has an active trade union through which they can raise issues such as health and safety which are central to the future success of Grangemouth.
“This agreement ensures that the workforce continues to have an independent voice and once again gives new starters the opportunity to access the benefits, facilities and protections which Unite provides from day one.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 and/or Unite press office on 020 3371 2065
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.