Union Leaders have announced a willingness to accept plant owners INEOS survival plan. This had been rejected earlier this week due to its cuts on bonuses and pensions among other things. Unite Union leader Len McCluskey now see’s the plan as the only option to keep the plant open.
Ryan Strachan, reporting for Radio Napier News, in Grangemouth.
Grangemouth workers union UNITE are optimistic after fresh talks with petrochemical company Ineos. A survival package has been created which bodes well for the future of Grangemouth.
By Jonathan Davis
The future of Grangemouth Petrochemical Plant took an upward turn today as union leaders confirmed they are in talks with chemical giants, Ineos to ensure the survival of the site.
All 800 employees of the Grangemouth facility were told on Wednesday they would be left jobless after Ineos announced plant’s impending closure.
However, their may be hope yet, as recent developments suggest both parties are hopeful of a more positive resolution.
Jonathan Davis reports from Grangemouth.
And in other news, its a new day for Grangemouth. Fresh developments this morning confirm that all is not lost for one of only seven refinerys left in the UK. It’s a big u turn met with a big response. Our correspondent, Martha Shardalow, reports –
By Fraser Ryan
Union bosses today announced that they are in talks to save the Grangemouth Petrochemical plant from closing next year.
Plant owners Ineos announced on Wednesday that the plant would shut down next year leaving 800 employees without jobs.
The Unite Union’s u-turn may now give Ineous reason to think again.
Fraser Ryan reports from Grangemouth
Yesterday the Grangemouth petrochemical plant looked set to lose 800 jobs and close down for good. However, a new move by union Unite could save the site.
by Alex Watson
The future of Grangemouth chemical plant hangs in the balance today, as crisis talks continue between owner Ineos and Unite workers union.
by Nicola Brown
Hopeful outcome after crisis talks with Union leaders over Grangemouth petrochemical plant.
Yesterday, it looked as if there was set to be no happy ending for employees at Grangemouth Petrochemical Plant. But a surprising u-turn by Unite today has brought new hope for the 800 jobs under threat.
Alicia Simpson reports:
The maximum jail time for carrying a knife in Scotland will increase from four to five years, justice secretary Kenny MacAskill announced today.
He says the move sends out a strong message that “knives cost lives”
Mr MacAskill also announced a crackdown on people released from prison who commit more crime before their original sentence is up.
The announcement comes at a time when police are carrying out a record number of stop and searches. This move will aim to get out the message that carrying a knife is just not worth the risk.
So do the public think that increasing jail time will reduce knife violence?
The justice secretary said that violent crime was at a 30-year low, with 44% fewer weapons on the streets since 2006-07. But how much of this reduction is down to better clampdown measures and higher jail terms? Should there be a call for using education to tackle violence at an early-age, with more emphasis on violence prevention?
Deputy Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, of Strathclyde police’s Violence Reduction Unit, said after the announcement that “prevention is undoubtedly better than cure when it comes to violence – we need to try and stop the drama before it comes to violence, help people understand that carrying weapons and using violence to resolve conflict is wrong long before the police, the courts, the justice system have to get involved.”
Perhaps the message is that a two-pronged approach will work best – combining tougher enforcement and higher jail time measures with more all-rounded educational methods which aim to tackle and prevent violence at its core.
Jobseekers may have to reconsider their presence on Facebook after a survey released today reveals over 50% of employers use the site to assess potential employees.
A survey from Edinburgh Business School released on Monday showed Facebook users are anxious that photos of bad behaviour may haunt their future job prospects with more than half of employers claiming to have used Facebook to weed out job candidates.
Facebook has settings to control the information seen by different types of friends, but only one third use them, the report said.
I asked some student jobseekers whether or not they were nervous about today’s findings.
The Snowsports Centre at Hillend has added a new slope of 200 metre to their facilites. We talked with Stephen Fraser, responsible of the communication area of the Midlothian Government.
The risk of flooding is no longer just an issue of south England and Wales. Heavy rainfall might cause flooding in different areas across Scotland.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency suggests people in risky areas to keep up with the latest flood alerts online. SEPA is providing regular updates on forecast river and coastal flooding and will keep monitoring the situation 24/7.
Sebastian Vettel paid tribute to Ayrton Senna after matching his tally of three world championships during an astounding climax to the Formula One season in the Brazilian’s hometown yesterday.
Autosport Editor in Chief comments on Vettel’s 2013 season, and the champion talks about the dramatic start to the Brazilian race.
Keith Richards calls the stage his office, and for the Rolling Stones the stages of their upcoming 50th anniversary tours will have to be just right.
Their ’50 and counting’ tour kicked off in London last night and will continue in the US later this week. The band will play a total of four shows, one in New York City on Thursday and the final two in New Jersey next weekend.
Band member Ronnie Wood said last Tuesday ”We’ve been thinking long and hard about the set-list but to be honest we still haven’t finalised it.”
The details of the show have been kept secret, but the band’s long time lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe has let a few things slip about the upcoming sets, mentioning that the stage will switch from stadium rock to ”huge intimacy”.
Featured on the stage will be the groups iconic lips and tongue logo. The set is also said to change for certain numbers, which will transport the audience back to the days of the band’s beginnings as a club act.
“Stoppage Time” is an informal take on some of the key stories in UK football. Jonny and Joe will discuss their thoughts on Celtic and the grogginess of their European hangover, Harry Redknapp’s decision to take on yet another club in the nether regions of the league and discussing whether it’s Benitez or Chelsea we should dislike more.