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Union urges Swinney to protect jobs at Grangemouth



Union urges Swinney to protect jobs at Grangemouth

Scotland’s First Minister has been urged to help come up with a plan to protect jobs put at risk by the closure of the Grangemouth refinery.

Bosses at the site said last year the refinery could begin the switch to an import terminal as early as 2025, sparking fears about jobs and the local community.

In an election campaign video with Alloa and Grangemouth SNP candidate John Nicolson, John Swinney said he “cannot allow things to happen that are going to damage Scotland”.

The First Minister added that he will work with unions to “secure a future for the site”, which he said is “absolutely fundamental” to the Scottish economy.

But the boss of Unite the union said: “If they cannot allow damage to Scotland, why on earth has it taken the Scottish Government eight months to even talk about a plan to secure the future of the Grangemouth oil refinery and the jobs of people who work there?

“Grangemouth is ‘absolutely fundamental’ to the Scottish economy. Unite’s message to politicians since November has been to work with us to develop a plan which can protect jobs, but we still have not seen one.

“The Scottish Government has failed to act and make no mistake, Unite will always hold politicians to account for their failures to protect workers.”

Unite Scottish secretary Derek Thomson said it is a “national scandal” that no “concrete proposal” has yet been brought forward.

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