Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald backs First Minister’s intervention in Ineos dispute
Friday, 18 October 2013 08:32
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has joined calls for progress from First Minister Alex Salmond following his meetings last night with Ineos and Unite in which he called for Unite to swiftly confirm in writing their willingness to provide a guaranteed period of normal working to 31 December 2013 at Grangemouth.
He further called on INEOS to fulfil their parallel commitment to fire up the plant and return to normal production. This will provide the right atmosphere for the necessary consultations and negotiations to build a secure future for this crucial facility.
The First Minister said:
“From my discussions tonight with both parties in this dispute I believe both are sincerely committed to create a great future for Grangemouth. I believe that whilst there will be a long way to go, I believe that acceptance of my proposal tonight would be an essential first step in this process."
Backing the call, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“The stakes in this dispute are extremely high however the brinkmanship from both sides is not helping. An agreement between Ineos and Unite as proposed by the First Minister would pave the way for further negotiations in a more consensual atmosphere and I hope both parties will agree to move forward on that basis.
“Everyone agrees that there is a positive future for the Grangemouth plant however, to move forward Unite must swiftly confirm in writing their willingness to provide a guaranteed period of normal working to 31 December 2013 at the plant and INEOS must fulfil their parallel commitment to fire up the plant and return to normal production. This would help to move the current stalemate situation forward and allow negotiations to continue in a positive manner with the aim of securing the future of this crucial facility”.