23 Oct 2013
October 23, 2013

Grangemouth Tragedy


The announcement by Ineos this morning that Grangemouth’s petrochemical plant is to close is terrible news.  Hundreds of jobs lost directly, many more indirectly.  The loss of a significant element of Scotland’s industrial capacity. Why has this happened? As I’ve blogged below, Ineos has been flagging likely cuts for months but instead of engaging with.. read more →

17 Oct 2013
October 17, 2013

United in Calamity


The stand-off at Grangemouth between employer Ineos and union Unite has led to the chemical plant’s temporary shut-down.  Unite says the shutdown is ‘economic vandalism’ – Ineos says it’s because Unite’s continuing threat of industrial action means shut-down is the safest option.  Both statements reflect the standard public posturing which happens around industrial negotiations.  But what’s actually.. read more →