BREAKING: Think tank calls for public ownership of Grangemouth following closure

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BREAKING: Think tank calls for public ownership of Grangemouth following closure

Grangemouth should be brought back into public ownership, a leading think tank has urged following the refinery part closure today.

The Left Economic Advisory Panel (LEAP) said that it was the only sensible long term plan after contractor Ineos closed the plant when it tried to impose new inferior terms and conditions on its workforce.

LEAP coordinator Andrew Fisher said:

“As the oil refinery on which much of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England is reliant for its fuel, the question is why was Grangemouth ever in private ownership?

“In the long term there is no sensible alternative to our essential infrastructure being brought in public ownership to guarantee that people’s lives are not subject to the whims of reckless out of control bullies like those at Ineos.

“In the short term, how this debacle is resolved by UK and Scottish governments could have a huge impact on next year’s referendum.”

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