U-turn leaves company to pick up union’s £100k costs
Unite has today (Friday) welcomed the news that Grangemouth petrochemical refinery owners Ineos have discontinued their wrongful defamation claim against the union, and urged the company to focus now on improving industrial relations at the plant.
The company launched a High Court claim in September 2013 over comments made in the media by Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey and Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty, which Unite refused to accept as defamatory or factually incorrect in any way throughout proceedings.
However, this week’s sudden reversal means Ineos must now foot the bill for legal defence costs incurred by Unite that could amount to a figure in excess of £100,000.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Ineos’ reversal demonstrates that it was completely wrong in its attempts to drag our union through the High Court.
“Over the last six months our members and our union have been disgracefully misrepresented by sections of the media and by some shamefully opportunistic politicians.
“Here are the facts of the matter: Unite has been exonerated of criminality on two separate occasions by Police Scotland and now cleared of any defamatory actions. To those who have played any part in the witch-hunt of our union, heed this further vindication and cease your campaign of distortion.
“Unite expects no apologies from Ineos but we
hope that this now draws a line under all dispute issues. Unite members and representatives at Grangemouth, and elsewhere within the Ineos operation, must now be allowed to get on with their jobs knowing that they will be treated with respect.”
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Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.