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Billionaire Ineos boss comes back for more with fresh sacking

Issue No. 2390

Bosses at Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemicals plant have sacked Unite union convenor Mark Lyon.

They claim to want “to draw a line under the dispute” with Unite last year. 

Yet Grangemouth owners Ineos sacked Mark for not stopping the union from commenting on threatened job losses last December.

Mark has worked there for 25 years—but bosses rushed through disciplinary action despite medical advice that he was not fit to attend his hearing. Unite has condemned Ineos’ “rank hypocrisy” and “grotesque mockery” of justice, and launched legal action.

Unite’s repeated surrender to Ineos’ bullying tactics last year emboldened bosses to go for more—as Socialist Worker argued at the time.

Stewart Hume is a construction electrician who was blacklisted, sacked and eventually reinstated thanks to rank and file campaigning.

He said, “I fully support Mark Lyon as he played a role in getting me my job back after my employer (a contractor at Ineos) was put under pressure from my work colleagues with a threat of industrial action unless I was reinstated.”

Stewart added, “It appears that Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos are completely out of control with regards to the treatment of trade union members, particularly members of Unite.”

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Tue 11 Feb 2014, 16:32 GMT
Issue No. 2390
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