News digest 24 October 2013

News digest 24 October 2013

24 October 2013

The Ineos dispute continues to dominate the papers after yesterday’s announcement by the company that it planned to close the Grangemouth petrochemical plant impacting 800 people at the site as well as thousands in the wider community. There is substantial coverage in all the papers ranging from the front page of the Morning Star which runs with the headline: “If Ineos won’t run it, we will” to “A dark day for Grangemouth” in the Indie while the Mail (once you get through 15 pages devoted to the christening of Prince George – yes really) focuses on petrol prices saying the closure could push them up by 10p. The FT sums it up most pointedly: “Edinburgh and London unite in push to save Grangemouth” amid fears not only for the petrochems plant but for the refinery and Scotland’s manufacturing industry as a whole. Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary, said: "Unite and our members at Grangemouth are devastated by the announcement of the closure of the petrochemical plant. It has confirmed our fears that this was the intention of Ineos all along ... discussions have taken place with the company  [and] we have made further proposals in a last-ditch effort to stave off these catastrophic job losses which we believe are tantamount to economic and industrial vandalism.” Unite has been in direct talks with Ineos this morning and has put proposals to the company designed to save jobs and secure a future for the whole site, watch this space…

Away from Grangemouth and back in Westminster and prime minister David Cameron took a battering at PMQs as he was hounded over energy prices by Labour leader Ed Miliband. Cameron conceded that he will try to deal with rising energy prices, aiming to cut them by reducing green taxes, so much for the ‘Vote blue to go green’ mantra that Cameron was parroting before the election, and also believe it when you see it, he’s still playing catch up on the cost of living crisis and was not helped by Major’s intervention yesterday, or “ambush” as Simon Heffer calls it, that also leads to the best headline of the day in the Guardian, namely “John Major: The Marxist”, seems like he is finally getting his own back against the you know whos that made his premiership hell, even better looks like Cameron will have bigger headaches going forward…

  Morning Star

  • If Ineos won’t run it we will (p1) – Unite/Pat Rafferty cited
  • Clegg attacks Gove’s free schools fiasco (p2)
  • Post Office managers stage first action for over 30 years (p2) – Unite/Brian Scott cited
  • Immigration bill sails through Commons (p2)
  • Ditch Atos from Commonwealth Games sponsors, say disabled Glaswegians (p4)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Blair adviser new NHS boss (p2)
  • Leader: United we fall (p6)
  • Green light for energy tax cut (p7)
  • Panic stations at Grangemouth (p8) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • New Zealand cuts post to three days (p30) – Unite cited



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • We’re open to fracking, says National Trust boss (p1)
  • Blair’s former adviser to be health chief (p2)
  • Grangemouth closure raises fear of soaring fuel prices (p4)
  • Badger cull extended (p19)
  • Sketch on Grangemouth (p33) – Unite drawn
  • Osborne best when he’s most unpopular – Tim Montgomerie (p33)
  • Leader: Unite has failed its members at Grangemouth (p34)
  • Energy chief fights back for windfall tax (p43)
  • Rescue bid ‘unlikely’ as Ineos closes plant (p46) – Unite cited




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Edinburgh and London unite in push to save Grangemouth (p1)
  • Plea over RBS split up (p1)
  • Cameron gambles on green energy U-turn (p2)
  • Grangemouth poses test for Salmond (p3) – Unite cited
  • Co-op to vote on Labour donations (p4)
  • Caterpillar bogged down by mining cutbacks (p17)
  • GSK sales tumble in China (p18)
  • Dreamliner boost Boeing (p20)
  • Blow for Peugeot as GM reviews alliance (p20)
  • De La Rue feels the pinch (p22)

  Edited by Mik Sabiers

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