UK - A two day strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland has gone ahead after discussions between petrochemical company INEOS and trade union Unite broke down last week.
The Grangemouth workers have taken out a series of adverts in the Scottish media to explain the reasons for their strike and ask for understanding and support.
Phil McNulty, national officer, Unite, said: "A lot of untruths have been peddled about the reasons for this strike.
McNulty added: "Our members have been accused of being greedy and irresponsible but this strike is not about getting more money from their employer or an attack on the ordinary people of Scotland."
Some seven adverts have been placed in newspapers covering the whole of Scotland on behalf of the 1,200 workers.
They expressed regret for any inconvenience caused to the public but explained the workers have been left with no choice but to strike to defend their pensions.
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