UK energy secretary urges union to call off Grangemouth strike

11 October 2013 19:12  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--UK energy secretary Edward Davey on Friday urged union Unite to call off a planned strike at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland.

“It’s very disappointing that Unite has decided to strike," Davey said in a brief statement.

“I urge them to call it off and for both parties involved to enter into talks about the long term future of the Grangemouth plant and reach a fair, sustainable resolution,” he said.

Unite earlier on Friday served notice on petrochemicals major INEOS, which runs the Grangemouth refinery, that workers at the refinery will strike from 07:00 GMT on 20 October until 07:00 GMT on 22 October.

Davey added that the energy department was working closely with the fuel industry and Scotland’s government “to put robust alternative supply routes in place in the case of a strike, which means that motorists can carry on as normal and other impacts will be kept to a minimum”. He did not provide details.

INEOS has said it would close Grangemouth unless it can stem losses and obtain investment to upgrade the site to utilise cheaper shale gas feedstock supplies.

Additional reporting by Tom Brown and Franco Capaldo

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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