Ineos reaches new union agreement in Grangemouth

Unite has come to an agreement with Ineos over recruitment
Unite has come to an agreement with Ineos over recruitment

Petrochemical giant Ineos has reached an agreement with Unite over the union’s recruitment of new starts at the Grangemouth plant.

The deal, recently struck between the firm and union officials, will pave the way for new recruits to join Unite if they choose from the start of 2015 onwards.

At this time last year Ineos and Unite were dealing with the aftermath of a bitter dispute which saw the temporary closure of the plant and led to a number of restrictions being placed on the union, including taking no strike action for three years.

Now the firm and Unite have reached an agreement allowing the union continued direct access to recruit new starters at the complex. This follows concerns over the reported high turnover of experienced staff leaving the site throughout 2014.

Pat Rafferty, Unite Scotland regional secretary, said: “Unite will continue to represent the interests of our members at the Grangemouth complex. We remain extremely concerned about the exodus of experienced workers from Grangemouth and the impact this has on health and safety, but expect this step will lead to much more constructive discussions on site.”

The agreement also sees Ineos reintroduce the check- off system which allows employees to pay their Unite membership fees directly from their monthly pay.

Jim Mowatt, national lead negotiator for Ineos, said: “The workforce now has an active trade union through which they can raise issues such as health and safety.”

An Ineos spokesman said: “Safety remains our number one priority as we continue to make excellent progress on our new ethane import facilities and the transformation of the site businesses.

“We need everyone pulling in the same direction to achieve those aims.”