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UNITE THE UNION INEOS DISPUTE COMES TO BASF SALFORD
 

Star date: 14th October 2013

`NATION'S FUEL SUPPLY AT RISK' AS BASF SALFORD TARGETED FOR UNITE PROTEST

This morning members of Unite the Union were protesting outside BASF chemical plant in Pendlebury, to highlight the company's links with another chemical company, INEOS Grangemouth.

Unite is in dispute with INEOS over, what it calls the `victimisation' of one of its shop stewards, Stevie Deans. Unite is also accusing the billionaire owner of INEOS, Jim Ratcliffe, of planning a `war' to try and break the union, which will impact Britain's energy supplies. 

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It was cold, it was wet, but this morning members of Unite the union braved conditions to protest outside BASF chemical plant on Swinton Hall Road, Pendlebury, with banners, leaflets and a giant rat.

"BASF has got a link to INEOS and we're here today to highlight the victimisation of Stevie Deans, one of our stewards in Scotland" a Unite official told the Salford Star "INEOS' behaviour is disgraceful."

While the chemical company dispute is bubbling under at the moment, it could well `blow up' into a major national problem if an all out strike is provoked. Unite's Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty laid it all on the line recently…

"It is our view INEOS is using Stevie Deans, who is an innocent man, and the country's energy supplies, as pawns in some twisted industrial game" he said "The company's inaction will force the union into industrial action which would inevitably put the nation's fuel supply at risk. It will be INEOS' refusal to engage that will be to blame should this happen."

It does seem that there is some weird stuff going on. Stevie Deans is the Unite shop steward who was involved in the Labour Party candidate selection process in Falkirk which made national headlines recently, even though the police and every other investigating body concluded that no wrongdoing had taken place.

In July, Stevie Deans was suspended by his employer, INEOS, then reinstated, although the company is still, apparently, targeting him and trying to provoke a strike with threats of cuts to jobs, pay and pensions.

Unite's leaflet states that Jim Ratcliffe, the billionaire owner of INEOS, "is motivated by wanting to break the union and strike fear into the workforce…The victimising of Stevie Deans is, we believe, part of a plan to go to war with the union – whatever the cost."

Unite's evidence appears compelling. In 2012, Grangemouth Chemicals made an operating profit of £49million, up £18million on the previous year – yet the company still wants to cut jobs and wages?

According to the leaflet, there's no evidence that INEOS has paid any tax in the UK since 2008, and operates in five tax havens.

If Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS company doesn't stop victimising Stevie Deans and shunning talks with the union about the future of Grangemouth, Unite predicts a prolonged strike which would impact North Sea oil and gas supplies, as well as the supply of chemicals for manufacturing and fuel for cars.

The dispute is already being dubbed `The Battle of Grangemouth', with Unite accusing INEOS of `Cannonball Diplomacy'...

Today's Salford protest at BASF was one of several at local sites in the last week… "Unite protesters have visited three BASF sites as part of their dispute with INEOS" said a BASF spokesperson "BASF has no involvement in this dispute."

For more details on the dispute click here

the edn wrote
at 1:13:29 AM on Thursday, October 24, 2013
great idea ANDY and we can all carry red books, Unite made a right arse of this and have had their bluff called. A union who atill think its the 1970's
 
Andy wrote
at 12:52:14 PM on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Grangemouth refinery must now be taken into public ownership , thus saving jobs and the business. Time to call INEOS bluff. Natioalisation . Without compensation . Kick INEOS out of Britain . NATIONALISE ALL THEIR BRITISH BUSINESS INTERESTS . NO COMPENSATION. Stuff INEOS. Support the Workers .
 
the end wrote
at 10:05:08 AM on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
well thats UNITES bluff called then
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 11:54:37 AM on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
To the rant shouldn't that name began with a cu any how labour or should I say new labour are as bad as these Millionaire Eton Schoolboys who who were just a gang of vandals when at Uni Smashing up restaurants never ever being charged though /Now they are smashing up our country smashing up the NHS /Smashing up legal organised labour/smashing up our Education System/ Smashing up our rights to legal Aid/Smashing up our Welfare state / of which millions of us Workers paid into for fifty yrs all to appease all their /crooked backers /Tax Dodgers/ Non Domes/ And Crooked Bankers / etc so carry on by all means.keep voting for them
 
Jimmy Knight wrote
at 10:07:53 AM on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Employer bullying should be a criminal offence carrying a 10 year jail sentence. Best wishes to the strikers .
 
The End wrote
at 10:07:18 AM on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
ref Kenneth w mckelvey: what a pointless rant!! at this rate there will be over 1300 people with no job also paying no tax. you can moan about multi nationals but once again why did labour do nothing whilst in power? Or have you, like most on these pages, forgot what happened on labour watch? i will give you a clue - BANKS!!!
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 4:28:35 AM on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
To End wrote UNITE will still be moaning when they close the refinery.These Crooked employers are making Millions of £s in profits contributing nothing in tax for the running of the UK but will demand the Police to protect them if the strike gets violent.Never Forget all these Tax Dodging Company's are doing the People of the UK out of Billions of £s for the maintenance of the likes of police/ NHS/Armed Forces/ Education/ Etc.Every penny they dodge has got to be paid by the middle and low wage earners on PAYE
 
wrote
at 3:26:09 PM on Monday, October 21, 2013
You are not here and you do not see/ feel the torrent of bullying first hand. Believe me it is horrendous.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 9:54:34 AM on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I agree with Jim, we need strong trade unions to be campaigning for real jobs, healthy communities and a future for our young people. And need modern trade unions in our media industry, third sectors and to help improve care services. We need quality unions.
 
the end wrote
at 5:42:38 AM on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The same Unite union who will be moaning when the refinery closes, they are determined to drag the country back in to recession, AND THE SALFORD STAR LOVES TO GLORIFY IT
 
Jim wrote
at 9:44:58 AM on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Best wishes and good luck to the strikers . We need strong trade unions now , more than ever . IN SOLIDARITY .
 
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