Grangemouth oil refinery workers walk out and block road in pay dispute

Workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery have walked out in a dispute over pay on Wednesday morning.

Maintenance and repairs staff blocked a road that is used for access for tankers getting in and out of the site after they walked out in calls for a reopening of pay agreement negotiations.

Workers agreed on a 5 per cent pay increase over two years in 2021, but amid rising inflation, employees are now calling for talks over pay to reopen.

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Last week workers at the Petroineos oil refinery threatened to take unofficial strike action – and could be set to once again throughout this month.

Maintenance and repairs staff blocked a road which is used for access for tankers getting in and out of the site
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Contract workers – some who are employed by engineering and maintenance firm Bilfinger UK – warned the strikes, which are not supported by trade unions, will continue to take place on a fortnightly basis if no agreement is reached.

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Grangemouth is just one of six refineries in Britain and supplies two-thirds of the petrol and diesel for forecourts in Scotland.

Workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery have walked out in a dispute over pay on Wednesday morning.