21 October 2013 21:26 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--More than half of the union employees of the Grangemouth, UK, petrochemicals and refinity facility operated by INEOS have rejected a proposal from the company on pay and pension terms, according to news reports.
The BBC reported that Unite union said it had been given 665 forms rejecting INEOS’s latest offer and that the company planned to meet Tuesday to discuss its options.
INEOS has said that the Grangemouth facility could restart if employees agree to a guarantee of no strikes during the consultation period on the survival of the complex.
INEOS's management has 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 15 October after negotiations between the company and Unite to avert a planned strike broke down.
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.
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