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23/10/13 13:04

First Minister comments on Grangemouth

First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“This announcement by INEOS is hugely disappointing. It is, however, the position we always feared as it became apparent that the stalemate was not going to be broken.

“It has been a growing danger since the plant was shut down last week and the emergence of a virtual deadlock between workers and management over the weekend. This is the outcome that matches our worst fears which is why we urged getting the plant fired up instead of lying cold.

"I will be speaking again to management and unions today to try and seek any further resolution we can. I will also convene an emergency Cabinet meeting with relevant ministers later today to discuss the on-going situation.

“In preparing for this extremely difficult position we have been pursuing the contingency of potential buyers – we will now be actively exploring this as the main option as a matter of urgency.

“The Scottish Government strongly believes the site has a positive future and we will continue to work with the UK Government and all other parties concerned to find a solution that supports the workers affected and the wider Scottish economy.”