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Unite calls on Ineos to drop 'cannonball diplomacy'

Unite calls on Ineos to drop 'cannonball diplomacy'

12 October 2013

"For the third time, we urge you to meet us at Acas"

Pat Rafferty, Unite's Scottish secretary, responding to the latest claims from Ineos regarding the impending strike action at Grangemouth, said: "Ineos’ management knows full well that we have twice requested that they join us for talks at Acas.  On both occasions, it was Ineos who rejected the offer.

"The company also dismissed the findings of the local inquiry into Stephen Deans, as well as the decisions of Police Scotland and the Labour party.  Had the company accepted the local outcome to the investigation we would not be in this position now.

"We have offered transition talks on the security of the site. Again, the company rejected this offer.

"We have offered safety cover at the site should strike action come to pass, and our members' expertise to put the plant into hot standby so that it can return to full working as soon as possible.  Again, this was rejected.

"It is difficult to believe that Ineos is interested in a negotiated solution to the problems before us but for the third time we now offer to attend talks with the company at Acas.  We are ready to go there at any time.

"I say again to the company: this reckless cannonball diplomacy needs to stop.  Come to Acas, not at some vague point in the future, but now."

ENDS

For further information contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931315 or Alex Flynn on 07967 665869

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