Grangemouth owners Ineos drop Unite case

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Image caption A bitter dispute took place at the Grangemouth refinery last year

Owners of the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical plant have dropped legal action against the Unite union.

A spokesman for Ineos confirmed that it has withdrawn the libel claim "in order to draw a line under last year's dispute" at the site.

The action had been taken at the High Court in London after Unite made what the company claimed were "untrue and defamatory comments".

Unite has welcomed the decision to end what it called a "wrongful claim".

In a statement, the company said management wanted to "focus on working with our employees to build a strong future for the Grangemouth site by implementing the company's survival plan".

The union said the decision means the company will have to pay Unite's legal costs, which could amount to more than £100,000.

The union's general secretary Len McCluskey said Unite expected "no apologies" but said the company was "completely wrong in its attempts to drag our union through the High Court."

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