INEOS operations unaffected by BP Grangemouth tanker driver strike

22 February 2013 11:43  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Strike action by BP tanker drivers that began on Friday at the Grangemouth Oil Refinery, Scotland, is having no impact on INEOS’ refinery operations at the site, the Switzerland-headquartered chemicals company said.

An INEOS spokesman confirmed that the walk-out by 42 tanker drivers has had no effect on its refinery operations. The strike began at 04:00 GMT on Friday and will conclude at 08:00 GMT on Monday 25 February, according to union Unite.

When employees return to work on Monday, it will be on a work-to-rule basis, a Unite spokesman said., with another strike provisionally set to take place next week. Employees working on a work-to-rule basis do no more than minimum required by their contracts, and overtime is banned.

“We are watching the situation, but at the moment our refining operations are continuing as normal,” the INEOS spokesman said.

The dispute centres around the transfer of an aviation contract from BP to DHL, which is set to impact on the salary and pension levels of certain employees at the site by up to £1,500 (€1,744, $2,272) per year and £13,000 per year respectively, according to Unite.

“It all stems from the problems that are going to arise from the aviation contract changeover at the end of March. It’s going to impact upon pay, it’s going to impact upon pensions, and it may also result in a loss of job security,” said a spokesman for Unite.

“We’ve been working since being made aware of the prospect of a strike to ensure any disruption for our customers is minimised, and our stocks at our retail sites and at airports are at good levels,” said a BP spokesman.

($1 = €0.76, €1 = £0.86, $1 = £0.66)

By: Tom Brown
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