Grangemouth: Oil Workers To Learn Their Fate
Workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery will discover today whether the plant has a future or faces permanent closure amid a bitter dispute over pay and conditions.
Owner Ineos says shutting the plant is a possibility if it does not get the response it wants from the workforce.
Employees were given a deadline of 6pm on Monday to accept what the company called a "survival plan".
The Unite union, which represents more than two thirds of the Grangemouth workforce, said a majority had opted to reject the company's demands.
Amid the threat of closure, the Scottish Government has begun a worldwide search for a potential buyer for the plant.
Politicians at Holyrood and Westminster have urged both sides in the dispute to return to the negotiating table.
The Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, told Sky News: "The UK and Scottish governments have had more discussions on the Ineos situation.
"We both agree there is a great deal at stake for Scotland over this issue and the primary aim is to see both sides return to the negotiating table with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to secure the long-term future of the Grangemouth site.
"DECC and other UK government departments are in regular contact with both the company and the union and we are sharing information with the Scottish Government at official and ministerial level.
"The next day or so will be an important phase in this situation and it is imperative we keep trying to bring the two sides together. That is what is best for Scotland and we will keep working hard to make that happen."
The Grangemouth refinery provides 80% of Scotland's fuel needs and also supplies parts of the North of England and Northern Ireland.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government told Sky News there are no immediate concerns over fuel pump supplies.
The plant employs 1,350 workers and 2,000 contractors. An estimated 10,000 further jobs rely on the facility.
Ineos claims that Grangemouth is losing £10m per month and, to survive, it needs fresh investment and a cut in workers' terms and conditions.
The Unite union claims that employees are being bullied with regard to the proposed changes and are, effectively, being told by the company to "sign up or be sacked".