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Union 'bullying tactics' probed

Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a wide-ranging inquiry into industrial disputes, including alleged intimidation tactics of trade unions, following the bitter row that almost led to the closure of the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland.

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Unions reject disputes inquiry as 'Tory election stunt'

Unite said there is no need for an inquiry with the dispute at the Grangemouth oil refinery in Falkirk now "settled". Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Union officials have dismissed the Government-ordered independent inquiry into industrial disputes as politically motivated and a distraction to the "cost of living crisis".

A Unite spokesman said: "Vince Cable may not have noticed but the Grangemouth dispute has been settled. This review is nothing more than a Tory election stunt which no trade unionist will collaborate with."

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny agreed, saying the announcement "seems like another sop to the Tory backbenches".

He said the "real scandal at Grangemouth" concerned the chairman of the refinery's owners Ineos, Jim Ratcliffe, and how he was "able with impunity to hold the country to ransom".

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