The man at the centre of the recent dispute between Ineos management and union Unite has handed in his resignation.
An Ineos spokesman stated: “Stephen Deans has today resigned from the company with immediate effect. The company has conducted a thorough investigation into Mr Deans’ activities over the last 18 months and made him aware of these findings last week.
“He requested an additional five days prior to the final disciplinary hearing to allow him time to provide any further relevant information.”
Ineos had been due to meet with Mr Deans again tomorrow, but that was before the long-serving employee handed in his resignation.
Unite said it would not make a statement on the matter until it met with its members at Grangemouth later today.
It was the company’s perceived mistreatment of Mr Deans, and their investigation into him supposedly carrying out non-work related activities during working hours, which led to a bitter dispute between the union and management during the recent well-publicised crisis surrounding the future of the site’s petrochemical plant.