28 Oct 2013
October 28, 2013

Stephen Deans’ resignation


Grangemouth is moving into a phase where 1600 jobs at Ineos, and the many thousands more in the local supply chain, are more secure than they have been for years.  What workers need now is decent, intelligent representation. For now, Stephen Deans’ resignation was inevitable, and it’s a shame anyone has to lose their job,.. read more →

23 Oct 2013
October 23, 2013

Grangemouth Tragedy


The announcement by Ineos this morning that Grangemouth’s petrochemical plant is to close is terrible news.  Hundreds of jobs lost directly, many more indirectly.  The loss of a significant element of Scotland’s industrial capacity. Why has this happened? As I’ve blogged below, Ineos has been flagging likely cuts for months but instead of engaging with.. read more →

Labour’s position on the Unite/Ineos dispute is now unambiguously to support Unite, which includes the continued threat of a strike.  One Scottish shadow cabinet member, Drew Smith MSP, attended a rally on Sunday and has made his supportive position clear on social media.  Another shadow cabinet member, Neil Findlay MSP, a Unite member, has also.. read more →

The Labour Party’s position on the Unite/Ineos dispute seems astonishing.  It can’t survive the weekend, surely? Neil Findlay MSP, a Scottish shadow cabinet minister, yesterday put out this statement on social media: “The workers at Ineos have my full support and solidarity – the company are (sic) acting disgracefully”. Does Labour really see the dispute.. read more →

17 Oct 2013
October 17, 2013

United in Calamity


The stand-off at Grangemouth between employer Ineos and union Unite has led to the chemical plant’s temporary shut-down.  Unite says the shutdown is ‘economic vandalism’ – Ineos says it’s because Unite’s continuing threat of industrial action means shut-down is the safest option.  Both statements reflect the standard public posturing which happens around industrial negotiations.  But what’s actually.. read more →