Grangemouth Oil refinery strike called off

The strike at Grangemouth has been averted. Picture: PA
The strike at Grangemouth has been averted. Picture: PA
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A planned strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery was called off today, even though peace talks failed to resolve a bitter row over a union 
convener.

Unite attacked the “scandalous behaviour” of site owner Ineos, but said it wanted to protect the national asset.

Union members were due to walk out for 48 hours from Sunday over the treatment of Unite convener Stephen Deans.

Lengthy talks at the conciliation service Acas ended at 5am without agreement.

Unite’s Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty accused the company of “walking away” after 16 hours of talks, but said the safety and integrity of the site and the local population were paramount.