11 October 2013 16:58 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Employees at the Grangemouth, UK refinery run by Switzerland-based chemicals producer INEOS are to strike for 48 hours later this month, trade union Unite said on Friday.
The union said that it has served notice to INEOS that employees at the refinery will strike from 07:00 GMT on 20 October until 07:00 GMT on 22 October, over the company’s decision to launch an investigation into site union representative and local Labour party member Stephen Deans, as well as the use of agency workers.
Industrial action at the site began on 7 October, following a vote in September that saw 90.6% of employees that took part voting in favour of industrial action, and 81.4% voting in favour of a strike. An overtime ban and a work to rule are currently in place at the site as a result of the action.
Unite claims that over the last two days INEOS has declined to enter into mediation talks with industrial dispute resolution body Acas, and refused an offer for an independent Unite-funded financial survey of the site.
The union added that the company also rejected proposals for “a comprehensive transition agreement for the future of the Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical site,” although it did not elaborate on the nature of the proposals submitted.
The company said earlier this month that it would close the Grangemouth petrochemicals facility unless it can stem losses at the site and obtain necessary investment to upgrade it to utilise cheaper shale gas feedstock supplies.
INEOS could not immediately be reached for comment.
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