Union accuses Ineos of ‘putting a gun to the heads of its workers’ – Business News – Business – The Independent
Britain’s biggest union has accused the billionaire owner of Grangemouth of using “menacing” tactics and “cynical blackmail” as Scotland’s largest oil refinery remains shut despite workers withdrawing their strike threat.
The Unite union said it is considering legal action against Ineos, the operator of the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant, which is jointly owned by the billionaire industrial tycoon Jim Ratcliffe.
A dispute over worker conditions had led Unite to call a 48-hour strike, due to begin on Sunday, and Ineos responded by starting a shutdown at the plant. Unite then called off the action, but as it refused to offer a no-strike guarantee in talks at the conciliation service Acas, Ineos declared that the refinery will remain shut until at least Tuesday.