Workers to learn fate of refinery after union proposals

Workers at an oil refinery are expected to learn later whether last-ditch union proposals could salvage the plant.

Thousands of jobs are under threat after the shock decision to close the operation at Grangemouth in Scotland, following a dispute over pay and conditions.

Owner Ineos said it would appoint liquidators within the next few days after the workforce was split 50/50 on a survival plan for the loss-making site, which included accepting a pay freeze and the closure of the final salary pension scheme.

Unite said it had made fresh proposals in a "last-ditch" effort to save the plant, which members are planning to present to Ineos at a meeting today, according to reports.