Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary said: "Unite and our members at Grangemouth are devastated by the announcement this morning of the closure of the petrochemical plant. It has confirmed our fears that this was the intention of Ineos all along.
"Discussions have taken place with the company this morning and will continue over the course of the day. We have made further proposals in a last-ditch effort to stave off these catastrophic job losses which we believe are tantamount to economic and industrial vandalism.
"Make no mistake, one man is holding this workforce and this country to ransom and that man is Ineos owner Jim Ratcliffe.
"The ball is now in the court of Jim Ratcliffe and the respective governments in Edinburgh and Westminster and we await their responses."
For more information contact Pauline Doyle on 07976 832 861 or Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.