Petroineos Grangemouth refinery workers to vote on industrial action

13 September 2013 17:19  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Workers at the 210,000 bbl/day Grangemouth refinery in Scotland will vote on industrial action after Unite, the UK’s biggest union, sent out ballots, a union spokesman said on Friday.

A dispute continues between workers and management over issues surrounding trade union rights, claims that agency workers have been misused and pension provisions.

Petroineos comprises trading and refining joint ventures between Switzerland-headquarted INEOS and Chinese state-owned PetroChina.

In July 2011, PetroChina completed a $1bn (€750m) purchase of a 50% stake in INEOS’ European refining operations. The deal included INEOS' refineries in Grangemouth and Lavera in France.

The ballots will need to be returned and counted after two weeks.

Unite spokesman Peter Welsh said: “INEOS know what the issues are and the door remains open throughout this time period for them to get back to us – they know how to resolve it”.

“Hopefully cooler heads will prevail within INEOS management and they will see some sense,” he added.

INEOS was not immediately available for comment.

($1 = €0.75)

By: Franco Capaldo
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