The Battle of Grangemouth by Mark Lyon

The Battle of Grangemouth

A Worker's Story

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Apr 2017
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240
pp

‘This is a story of a fight for working people told from the workers’ point of view. I commend this enthralling book to everyone.’ - Jeremy Corbyn

An account of the assault on the Union at Grangemouth in 2013, when workers were forced to accept cuts in their pay and conditions by the owner’s threat of closure. Written by the Grangemouth convenor, The Battle of Grangemouth is a vital story in trying times, and demonstrates why, now more than ever, being organised is vital for the defense of basic rights at work. Published in association with Unite the Union.

This book tells the story of the industrial dispute at Grangemouth in 2013, when the owner threatened to close a large part of the complex unless the workforce accepted severe cuts to their wages and conditions.

The events at Grangemouth represented, in very acute form, the disaster of contemporary approaches to running the economy. What was once a publicly owned and well-run national asset has been allowed to fall into the hands of a company controlled by one man – Jim Ratcliffe – who thus has been able to exert immense power over the future of a vital national resource.

Ratcliffe conducted a relentless campaign against the union at the site, with the intention of removing its main organisers, partly through exploiting the row in Falkirk Labour Party over candidate selection. Through these endeavours he succeeded in inflicting considerable hardship on a large number of people, but he did not destroy the strong union organisation at Grangemouth, which remains committed to defending the workforce and local community from his depredations.

‘This is a story of a fight for working people told from the workers’ point of view. I commend this enthralling book to everyone.’ - Jeremy Corbyn