Responding to news that the Scottish government is in discussions with potential buyers for Grangemouth, Unite has committed to support the first minister in whatever way it can to ensure a secure future for Grangemouth and its working community.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "The first minister is absolutely correct to raise the prospect of changed ownership at Grangemouth. Unite will support him in whatever way we can to ensure a secure future for Grangemouth and its working community.
"Jim Ratcliffe's behaviour has exposed a dreadful frailty at the heart of our energy supply, which is that one man's power and wealth can hold our government and citizens to ransom.
"Our politicians now need to step up. Our public utilities cannot be run by those indifferent to considerations of social responsibility.
"Unite calls upon politicians in Edinburgh and Westminster to support a new beginning for Grangemouth, free of the tyranny of one man's whims.
"If this means securing financial assistance - or even nationalisation - then this must be done. We can have no objections from Westminster when it has handed our nuclear energy future over to the state-owned Chinese and French nuclear industries."
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315 or Alex Flynn 07976 665 869
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.