Ineos risk destroying Scottish jobs as Grangemouth sup...

Ineos risk destroying Scottish jobs as Grangemouth supporters rally

19 October 2013

Rally: Noon, Sunday October 20th, Gate 4, Bo'ness Road, Grangemouth

Local MPs and supporters from across Scotland will be joining Grangemouth workers tomorrow (Sunday 20 October) in a demonstration and rally to urge Ineos to get the plant working and drop their tactics of intimidation.  

The workers and their union, Unite, are appealing to the community and the Scottish people to support the Grangemouth workforce, warning that Ineos bosses risk destroying good Scottish jobs as they hold the country to ransom through their irresponsible behaviour.

The demonstration and rally will take place at 12 noon outside Ineos' main offices at the Grangemouth site at gate four on Bo-ness Road with speakers including local MP Michael Connarty, Mark Lyon, executive council vice-chair of Unite, Graham Smith general secretary of the STUC and Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary.  

The demonstration comes as the union vowed to legally challenge the company's 'sign or be sacked' ultimatum of 6pm Monday demanding people agree to the scrapping of their pension scheme, a pay freeze and pay cuts.

Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary, said: "Rather than demonstrating workers want to be working to make sure that Grangemouth has a successful future. Instead their livelihoods are being thrown into turmoil because of Ineos' irresponsibility which risks the future of the site.

"Anger is growing among workers and the company now risks destroying good Scottish jobs and a powerhouse of the Scottish economy.

"Our message is clear; we will not give in to the threats and menaces of Ineos. We urge the people of Scotland to support us in defending the future of Grangemouth and the livelihoods of a loyal workforce, decent men and women now being stalked by fear.

"Once again I call on Ineos to drop the cynical blackmail, start the plant up and talk seriously about securing a future for Grangemouth."


For more information, contact Alex Flynn on 07967 665869 or Pauline Doyle on 07976 832861.

Notes to editors: 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.