Pat Rafferty, Unite's Scottish secretary, said this evening:
"Unite remains convinced that a matter of this importance requires mediation, which is why we again say to Ineos meet us at Acas's offices tomorrow.
"Clearly it is good news that some common sense has broken out at the company and that it has now accepted the earlier offer from Unite, one that they had hitherto rejected, to keep the plant on hot standby. This will uphold the safety of the plants and ensure that the Forties field line is operational. The integrity and safety of the site has always been of paramount importance to Unite.
However, Ineos is in danger of being misleading in its interpretation that this would keep distribution operational. I say again to Ineos, answer our invitation: will you join us at Acas now, not later?"
For further information call Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931315 or Alex Flynn on 07967 665869.
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.