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Unite statement on Stephen Deans

Unite statement on Stephen Deans

28 October 2013

Unite can confirm that Stevie Deans has resigned as an INEOS employee.  He has worked at INEOS for 25 years, and has worked tirelessly with management to help secure the future of the Grangemouth plant, and maintain positive working relationships, on numerous occasions.

Mr Deans has told the Unite membership in the plant that “INEOS Grangemouth is now entering a new period, and my own situation would only prove to be a distraction, and would cast a shadow over what we all must hope will be a prosperous long-term future for the plant.”

In his letter of resignation to INEOS he expressed the view that, in spite of his long and loyal service, management now treated him as the “enemy within”.  The final straw was the decision of INEOS to leak details of private emails to the Sunday Times in an effort to further smear his reputation.  As he told his colleagues today “the hurt to my family is unforgiveable and I will not allow management to take away my dignity and self-respect any further.”

Without diminishing its commitment to the company’s survival plan or to the agreement made last week with INEOS, Unite will, in the light of the company’s behaviour at the weekend, consider what steps can be taken on Mr Deans’ behalf.

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For further information, please contact Pauline Doyle on 07976 832861