Unite Scotland has this evening (Friday 18 March) confirmed that strike action at the Port of Grangemouth will be suspended after Forth Ports agreed to lift their imposition on shift rotation changes and enter into conciliation.
Arrangements are now being made with the conciliation services at Acas and talks are expected to commence early next week. Unite can also confirm that picket lines will be lifted and port operatives will make a full return to work by Monday 21 March.
Unite regional officer Sandy Smart said: “We are pleased that Forth Port’s management have lifted their imposition on our members’ shift rotas and agreed to enter into conciliation.
“Our strike action will now be suspended with immediate effect and picket lines will be lifted, enabling full operations at the port to get underway again.
“This is an important first step on the path to resolving this dispute. If Forth Port’s management approach the conciliation with the same spirit in which they accepted our offer then we will be able to negotiate a mutually agreeable outcome.”
For further information please contact Unite Regional Officer Sandy Smart on 07810157927 or Peter Welsh on 07810157931.
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Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.
Notes to editors: Background to the port operatives’ dispute can be found in our press release of Monday 14 March - http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/port-workers-rally-ahead-of-strike-over-shift-change-cuts/