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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."

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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
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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Workers await decision over oil refinery

The owner of the Grangemouth plant is expected to announce whether it will reverse a shock decision to close the site, safeguarding hundreds of jobs.

Ineos has been discussing a change in position by the Unite union whose members now say they will commit to a plan aimed at securing its future.

The owner of the Grangemouth plant is expected to announce whether it will reverse a shock decision to close the site. Credit: PA Wire

The petrochemicals plant and adjoining oil refinery making up Scotland's largest industrial complex was shut down last week in advance of a planned walkout over pay and conditions.

Ineos did not restart the site after Unite called off the strike but wrote to staff asking them to sign up to changes such as a pay freeze and the closure of the final salary pension.

The company insisted on Wednesday it had no alternative but to close the plant after it failed to persuade its staff to accept the survival plan but Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said yesterday the union would embrace it "warts and all".

Salmond starts union talks on saving Grangemouth

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has begun talks with the Unite union over how to save 800 jobs at the Grangemouth petrochemical factory, which its owners plan to close.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has begun talks with the Unite union over the mooted Grangemouth closure.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has begun talks with the Unite union over the mooted Grangemouth closure. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Salmond is negotiating with Unite General secretary Len McCluskey and Unite's Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty. Mr McCluskey said earlier the union had decided to embrace a survival plan for the plant "warts and all".

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