The announcement from Ineos that the Grangemouth site will stay open and operations at the site restarted has been welcomed today by local MSP Angus MacDonald.
Following the union’s acceptance of all the changes to conditions that were being asked of it and continued negotiations, Ineos today announced that it would reverse its previous position on closing the site and restart operations.
A package of support to enable a £300 million investment in upgrading Grangemouth was secured as part of the deal, including confirmation from the Scottish Government that it would support the company’s application for a £9 million regional selective assistance grant.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Falkirk East which includes the Grangemouth site Angus MacDonald said:
“Today’s announcement will come as a huge relief not only to workers at Grangemouth, but to people and businesses in communities across the Falkirk district and beyond that would have been affected by closure of the site.
“Recent days have been horrendous for everyone involved but today we have the news we wanted – that Grangemouth will stay open and the plant will be fired up again.
“Everyone who played a part in these negotiations has worked incredibly hard to resolve this dispute and secure a future for Grangemouth and the jobs of people working there.
“I would however like to pay particular thanks to First Minister Alex Salmond and Cabinet Secretary John Swinney who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get the situation resolved.
“The workers at Grangemouth have made significant sacrifices to secure a positive future for the site and with the investment package that has been announced I firmly believe that Grangemouth has a bright future ahead of it as a major employer in the area. We now must move forward with the £300 million investment required for the plant and both the Scottish and UK Governments are ready and willing to help.
“These have been difficult days, but we have now reached a positive outcome and averted what would have been an absolute disaster.”