Ministers ‘seek buyer’ for Grangemouth oil plant

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The Scottish Government is said to be actively seeking a buyer for the troubled Grangemouth oil refinery as owners Ineos meet today to decide its fate.

The Unite union said 65 per cent of its members, a majority of the workforce, had rejected the company’s new terms and conditions by yesterday’s deadline.

Grangemouth has been the site of the dispute. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Grangemouth has been the site of the dispute. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “This resounding rejection of the company’s cynical blackmail sends a clear message to the company.”

The refinery, which has an annual capacity of ten million tonnes, provides most of the fuel in Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.