The First Minister held emergency talks with union chiefs and the owners of the Grangemouth oil refinery in an attempt to resolve an industrial dispute that has seen bosses shut the plant down.
Alex Salmond left the first day of the SNP annual conference in Perth for the discussions in Edinburgh.
“Governments can’t make agreements” in such disputes but can “encourage the circumstances in which agreements can be found”, he told party delegates.
Both negotiation and co-operation are necessary for the situation to be resolved, he said.
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