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Directors of Ineos and residents of Lyndhurst targeted in campaign by unions in Grangemouth row
7:53am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THE daughter of a Hampshire-based oil businessman was targeted with “wanted” posters denouncing her father at the height of an industrial dispute.
Directors at Ineos, which is owned by Hampshire tycoon Jim Ratcliffe, were part of a “Leverage” protest campaign by members of the Unite union following a bitter pay row involving workers at the Grangemouth oil refinery.
The daughter of one boss, who has not been named, had the posters put through her door in Hampshire while her father was working hundreds of miles away.
Homes in Lyndhurst, where Ineos has a headquarters, had posters denouncing Mr Ratcliffe put through their letterboxes as the dispute rolled on.
A protest involving Unite workers was also held outside an Ineos director's home.
Leverage is a process where a union commits “resources and time to making all interested parties aware of the treatment received by Unite members at the hands of an employer”, the Unite union website claims.
A Unite spokesman said: “All the activities referred to are both legal and legitimate in the context of an industrial dispute.
“Bad employers should have nowhere to hide.
“Of course all campaigning in the context of the Ineos dispute has now ended.”
Mr Ratcliffe saved thousands of jobs last week by keeping his petrochemical site open.
His firm saw a survival plan to keep its Grangemouth refinery open accepted by the Unite union following a spectacular U-turn.
Jobs were at risk when the firm confirmed it was to close its petrochemical operations after workers turned down a survival plan.
But the union changed its mind and accepted the terms.
Mr Ratcliffe said at the time: “This is a victory for common sense. Thank goodness people finally came to their senses. Grangemouth now has a great future.”
Despite his vast wealth, Mr Ratcliffe plays a prominent role in the New Forest community, owning a large stake in the Pig hotel in Brockenhurst, and keeping an Ineos headquarters in Lyndhurst.
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