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23/10/13 16:43

First Minister comments following Scottish Cabinet sub-committee discussion on Grangemouth

Speaking following the meeting this afternoon of a Scottish Cabinet sub-committee to discuss the situation at Grangemouth, First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“The Cabinet sub-committee has met again this afternoon to discuss the on-going situation at Grangemouth. The Scottish Government is clear that we are not prepared to accept that the closure of plant’s petrochemical facility is inevitable.

“We strongly believe there is still room for negotiation between both parties. This is demonstrated by the fact that Unite have now put forward fresh proposals to the company. I have also spoken personally this afternoon to both the Union leadership and to Jim Ratcliffe of Ineos.

“We should give time for the proper consideration of this offer, especially given that we know an agreement between both sides was very close last week, and the prize is a viable future for Grangemouth.

“However, given that the current position is the one we always feared possible given the stalemate between the sides, if an agreement between Ineos and Unite is not possible then we will continue to pursue our contingency options of finding a buyer for the site.

“As the Cabinet sub-committee agreed, the last thing anyone should do is write off Grangemouth. This is a hugely important plant for the Scottish economy and one with a viable future. That is why the Scottish Government is determined to work with all parties to protect jobs and deliver a secure future for Grangemouth.”