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Oil - Pensions strike at Grangemouth


AS WORKERS went to press, 1,200 workers at the huge Grangemouth refinery in Scotland were due to strike on 27 and 28 April over owner Ineos's plans to close the final salary pension scheme to new entrants and reduce provision for existing members, says Unite. The strike ballot drew a 97 per cent vote in favour.

The Grangemouth refinery, once owned by BP and Scotland's only major refinery, produces 200,000 barrels of fuel a day – and makes £3 million in profit a day.

Unite says that a two-day strike will shut the North Sea and effectively stop production at the plant for up to a month.