Small firms fear Grangemouth owner's decision will push them to brink as terms are extended.
THE shutdown of the Grangemouth oil refinery is estimated to have been the costliest industrial dispute in British history.
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has accused Lothian Buses of behaving recklessly and making a "panicky announcement" over fuel shortages.
HOPES of an end to the Grangemouth oil refinery dispute rose tonight after a proposal was drawn up to break a deadlocked row over pensions.
OIL giants Royal Dutch Shell and BP made combined profits in excess of £7 billion during the first three months of this year, figures showed today.
THE founder of Ineos was jeered by striking workers today as he visited the Grangemouth oil refinery on the second day of a bitter dispute over pensions.
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond was today preparing for a possible meeting with Gordon Brown to discuss the Grangemouth oil refinery strike.
IN THE half-light of 6am, the silent, flag-bearing workers emerged from a place where dawn mist met industrial steam, their faces set like the steel of the refinery behind them.
THE situation at Grangemouth reminds us how easy it is for a perceived grievance to escalate into a full-blown dispute and how easy it is for that to become an unresolved conflict.
WITH the shutdown of the BP Forties pipeline threatening serious disruption to oil supplies throughout the UK, the Grangemouth dispute has escalated far beyond a local row about pension rights for a group of refinery workers. Emergency services and tens of thousands of businesses across Scotland and northern England are now vitally dependent on tanker supplies from the continent into Aberdeen and other east coast ports and those supplies being unloaded. As well as the Border Thistle tanker carry
Industrial action by Grangemouth refinery staff will cost the oil industry £50 million a day (your report, 25 April) and affect the national economy through loss in tax revenue.
WORKERS at the giant Grangemouth oil refinery are in the middle of their 48-hour strike.
THE Grangemouth oil crisis escalated dramatically last night after workers refused to unload a tanker carrying 120,000 tonnes of fuel destined for forecourts.
SCOTLAND has been kept moving this weekend by a comprehensive plan to beat the fuel strike by refinery workers at Grangemouth.
Unite leaders are in danger of souring the public's view of industrial action
ANY doubts that today's strike at Grangemouth refinery could have serious consequences were surely swept away by the unlikely sound of the UK and Scottish Governments speaking as one on the issue, after a year of relentless mutual sniping. Perhaps because of the novelty of the double act, the signs are that most people are listening to the joint message of 'don't panic'.
SIXTY years ago the Orkney poet Edwin Muir wrote some lines which, in the panic surrounding the Grangemouth strike, feel like a premonition. They point to a world not too far in the future where our reliance on oil has become all too clear, and the way we live our lives all too fragile.
Q: What is the dispute about?