Unite the union has today (23 October) confirmed that the workforce in Ineos Chemicals and Infrastructure has voted to support the restoration of collective bargaining. The ballot was won on an 83 per cent 'yes' vote on an overall 78 per cent turnout.

Unite and Ineos mutually agreed to a recognition agreement ballot vote following productive negotiations. The vote commenced on the 1 October and concluded on 21 October. The Grangemouth complex is considered Scotland's most important industrial site contributing four per cent of Scottish GDP and approximately eight per cent of Scotland's manufacturing base.

The opportunity for Unite to be recognised at Ineos is a substantial improvement on the previous position where there were no collective bargaining rights, leaving the workforce without a trade union to negotiate on their behalf. Unite believes this result can provide the platform to allow the union to play a constructive role at Grangemouth, as well as re-establishing its ability to collectively negotiate wages on behalf of the entire Ineos workforce.

Howard Beckett, Unite assistant general secretary, said: “I am delighted that after a long process Unite has emphatically won the trade union recognition ballots at Ineos. The margin of the result and the confidence shown in Unite will now enable us to collectively bargain on behalf of the entire workforce.”

Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary, added: "I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved, in particular our Unite representatives at the Grangemouth complex who through their determination and resilience have made this result possible.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.