Unite, Britain's biggest union, has accused Ineos of economic vandalism and holding Scotland to ransom. The union is calling on the Scottish and Westminster governments to intervene and demand that Ineos gets Grangemouth up and running immediately.
Responding to the news from Ineos that Grangemouth will remain shut, Unite regional secretary Pat Rafferty said: "Ineos' decision to keep Grangemouth shut is an act of economic vandalism. There is absolutely no reason for the site to remain shut - the company is holding Scotland to ransom.
"The Scottish and Westminster governments must now act without further delay. It is time for Alex Salmond to pick up the phone and demand that Jim Ratcliffe gets the site back up and running.
"Unite acted in the national interest by calling off the strike because Ineos had no right to initiate a cold shutdown; a shutdown against the wishes of the Health and Safety Executive, and against the economic interests of the country. Unite is calling for the Health and Safety Executive to visit the site urgently as we believe this is reckless behaviour."
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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