Responding to the news that BP is in talks with the petrochemical company Ineos over the sale of the crucial Forties oil pipeline, Len McCluskey the leader of the UK’s biggest union, Unite, called for an urgent government inquiry into the ownership of critical industrial resources.
Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite said: “This sale concerns us all. With the possible purchase of the Forties field by Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos, the extraction and processing of a precious commodity could soon be controlled by one individual.
“The most important route for oil out of the North Sea and onto UK shores is now about to pass into the hands of one man.
“No matter who that individual is, the potential for power to be exercised without social responsibility is clearly there. That is not something any responsible government should find acceptable.
“Unite is calling upon the governments at both Westminster and Holyrood to state that they will look into the ramifications of this sale.
“We need an immediate, full inquiry to ensure that the correct checks and balances are securely in place.
“Furthermore, the case for the state to have a stake in vital resources like the supply of oil and gas has never been stronger. The principle must be that these commodities being sustained in the public interest, not for private profit.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors
- 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.