UK - A strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland is set to go ahead after discussions between petrochemical company INEOS and trade union Unite broke down yesterday.
INEOS claimed yesterday Unite had rejected its Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) proposals to bring an end to the proposed 48 hours strike, due to start on Sunday.
It said it had offered to take all changes to the existing pension scheme off the table and make them the subject of a three month discussion on the basis that both sides would engage in meaningful dialogue, that the strike threat would be removed and that all future new employees would join a defined contribution scheme.
Tom Crotty, chief executive of INEOS Olefins, said: "We have done everything we can to help resolve this dispute.
"Our latest offer to suspend all proposed changes to the existing pension scheme is just another example of us bending over backwards to bring this conflict to an end."
However, Unite was yesterday urging its members to contact their MPs to ask them sign up to an Early Day Motion (EDM) to give their support to the 1,200 workers at the INEOS plant who were preparing to strike over their pensions.
New EDM 1391, first put down on 22 April, already has the support of almost 40 MPs. The Scottish Parliament has also had a motion submitted.
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