Grangemouth could restart with 60-day no-strike guarantee: INEOS

18 October 2013 10:23  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The Grangemouth, UK, petrochemicals and refining facility operated by INEOS could restart if employees agree to a guarantee of no strikes during the consultation period on the survival of the complex, the Switzerland-based chemicals producer said on Friday.

INEOS's management said that steps to bring the plant back online could begin if employees guarantee not to strike during the 60 day consultation period. Grangemouth has been shut down since Tuesday 15 October after negotiations between the company and union Unite to avert a planned strike broke down.

”We can confirm that we would restart if there was a clear guarantee that there would be no further action during the next 60 days. This would allow us to complete a full consultation process,” INEOS’ Grangemouth chairman Calum MacLean said.

Unite said earlier this week that it had put forward a proposal to call off the strike and to guarantee no future action while negotiations were taking place, but talks between the union and the company fell apart shortly after.

All units at the site are currently on cold standby, and bringing the complex fully back online could take several weeks, even if employees agree to INEOS's request.

Grangemouth workers have been issued with proposals for the future of the site, with an answer to those measures expected by the company on Monday 21 October.

By: Tom Brown
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