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Grangemouth workers have been 'staring into the abyss'

John Convery, a manager at Grangemouth, described the last few days as "hellish"

"Myself and my colleagues, and all of our families, have been staring into the abyss," he said.

Worker Eddie Heaney celebrates after an announcement by owners Ineos to keep the Grangemouth petrochemical site open Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

He added: "We'd just been paid but we didn't know if we were going to get another pay cheque again. We were told that the company we work for was going into liquidation and we didn't know if we were going to get any redundancy or what was going to happen to our pension ...

"There was a lot of relief and a lot of emotion in there, we're relieved that we've still got a job."

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Davey: Grangemouth community 'avoided major blow'

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has hailed an agreement to save the Grangemouth chemical plant and said it showed the Coalition's "commitment to Scotland".

This is a very positive result.

Grangemouth is important to the Scottish economy, the UK economy and most importantly to the local economy where 800 jobs have been saved and the local community has avoided a major blow.

We can now look forward to a future of growth at Grangemouth.

Many people in the UK and Scottish Governments have worked hard to make this happen, a clear sign of our commitment to Scotland, its economy and its people.

– Energy Secretary Ed Davey

Scottish Secretary: Lessons to be learned from dispute

The staff and their families have been through a very stressful and uncertain time. They have been through a hell of a week and I hope they have a much better weekend as a result of today's announcement.

They can look to the future with an optimism which was absent earlier in the week ...

There are undoubtedly lessons to be learned from this dispute but for now we should focus on the immediate success of securing the site's future.

– Alistair Carmichael, Scottish Secretary

Salmond hails 'outstanding future' for Grangemouth

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: "This news is a tremendous fillip for the workforce and the whole Grangemouth community, following what could have been a potential disaster.

"It's been a great team effort from all concerned, including the unions and workforce, the management, Governments - and BP, who have made a material contribution to help defend and secure Scottish jobs and livelihoods.

"I am delighted that people have rallied round to protect these jobs, and now we can all agree that Grangemouth has an outstanding future."

Read: Salmond starts union talks on saving Grangemouth

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Grangemouth plant and refinery to reopen immediately

The owners of the Grangemouth site in Scotland will open the petrochemical plant and the oil refinery immediately after both were shut down last week over an industrial dispute.

The giant Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The move follows acceptance by the Unite union of a survival plan, including a pay freeze, ending of the final salary pension scheme and other changes to terms and conditions.

An undisclosed number of contractors have been laid off or switched to other sites.

Ineos chairman: Another 15-20 years of work at plant

Calum McLean, chairman of Ineos Grangemouth, has said that there is a 15-20 year future for the petrochemical plant.

He said there had been a "change of mind" by the Unite union and that the firm had received a "very clear message from the employees".

He added that the company plans to invest a further £300 million in the plant and that "redundancies will be very limited".

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