Owners of the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant have dropped legal action against the Unite union.
Following the innocence and vindication of our yellow press’s “public enemy number one” Stevie Deans, the Unite Union Convener involved in the Grangemouth dispute, we find today that the company involved Ineos are back in the news. Not satisfied with intentionally causing the dispute to give it an excuse to target its workforce which they did most brutally, Ineos today at the High Court in London withdrew their legal action against the Unite Union whom they had accused of making "untrue and defamatory comments". They have also had to pay costs of £100,000. So, the deliberate Ineos provocation accompanied with their lies about Mr. Deans which forced him out of his job and gave them the opportunity they sought to destroy the livelihoods of 1,000 workers and increase their profits cost them £100,000. This is Capitalism in action, red in tooth and claw, destroying the lives of ordinary decent working people and demonising them as well as some kind of anti society criminals.
Every accusation by the company, the unctuous right wing media and even David Cameron the Prime Minister who called Mr. Deans a “rogue trade unionist” in the House of Commons has been proved to be bogus but, guess what? the damage is done and the millionaire capitalist owner of the firm who initiated all this is gone, he is back on his fancy yacht counting his money while the people he maligned and trampled on are left to pick up the pieces of their now damaged lives. The Unite Union leader Len McCluskey has also been vindicated and everything he said has turned out to be truthful.
There is a topical and very fashionable tendency today for everyone who has been wronged to demand an apology, the gutter press usually like to lead these campaigns but I suspect that they will not be leading a campaign for apologies on behalf of Stevie Deans, Len McCluskey, Unite and the Labour Party in considering that it is them who should be offering the apologies as well as Cameron and the shameful bullying company Ineos.
“Don’t mourn, Organise” (Joe Hill) that is what we have to keep doing, learn the lesson, remember who our enemies really are, I offer this advice as well to those in the Labour Party who turned against their own union brothers and sisters and their political comrades. It’s not rocket science comrades, brothers and sisters, when the main news outlets are condemning union action and persecuting union members, trying to destroy individual union officers and doing everything they can to damage the Labour Party,along with attacks from the Tories and the snp, make sure you don’t find yourself on their side, that is as they say today a “no brainer”. When Cameron describes a trade union member in the House of Commons as a rogue trade union member and the Daily Mail accuses Len McCluskey of being a threat to democracy and an enemy of Britain you should not have to think hard about “which side you are on” as the famous union song puts it. The next attack on Labour and the unions which comes along and you can rely on it that it will come along, will surely get you to remember what happened at Grangemouth, learn the lesson, stand together and don’t let it happen again.