Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, today (Thursday 3 October) called for an urgent meeting with INEOS management, following the announcement of the possible closure of its acrylonitrile plant at Seal Sands on Teesside with the threat to the 224-strong workforce.

Unite regional officer Tan Rashid said: “This announcement today is a serious blow to the manufacturing economy of the north east with the possible threat to more than 200 jobs.

“It is painful news for the workforce and their families, and Unite is calling for urgent talks with INEOS management to explore all options to keep the plant operating as a going concern.

“The region can ill-afford to lose these highly skilled jobs – and we will be giving maximum support to our members in the days and weeks ahead during this stressful time.

“We are meeting with our reps this afternoon to chart the next steps forward during the consultation period.”   

The company’s statement said: “The site which employs 224 people has been in INEOS ownership since 2008.  In the event the plant closes, not all of these positions will be at risk of redundancy due to the continuation of other activities at Seal Sands.

“Over the past 10 years, INEOS has invested almost €200m in the site to try to counter decades of significant under investment.” 

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.