Workers plan demonstration at Ineos in Grangemouth

Pat Rafferty of Unite is urging Ineos to begin meaningful talks
Pat Rafferty of Unite is urging Ineos to begin meaningful talks
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A demonstration will be held in Grangemouth tomorrow urging Ineos to get the local plant working again,

The Unite union is appealing to the community and the Scottish people to support the workforce, warning that company bosses risk destroying jobs if the stand-off goes on.

The rally, which will see workers joined by local politicians and other supporters, will take place noon in Bo’ness Road, outside gate four of Ineos’ main offices in the town.

Speakers will include East Falkirk MP Michael Connarty, vice-chaiman of Unite’s executive council Mark Lyon, general secretary of the STUC Graham Smith, and Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary.

Mr Rafferty said: “Rather than demonstrating workers want to be working to make sure that Grangemouth has a successful future. Instead their livelihoods are being thrown into turmoil because of Ineos’ irresponsibility which risks the future of the site.

“Anger is growing among workers and the company now risks destroying good Scottish jobs and a powerhouse of the Scottish economy.

“Our message is clear; we will not give in to the threats and menaces of Ineos. We urge the people of Scotland to support us in defending the future of Grangemouth and the livelihoods of a loyal workforce, decent men and women now being stalked by fear.

“Once again I call on Ineos to drop the cynical blackmail, start the plant up and talk seriously about securing a future for Grangemouth.”