Grangemouth spat heats up

Oil refiner Ineos yesterday refused to go to independent arbitration in a dispute with workers at its Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical plant in Scotland, increasing the chances of a full-scale strike. Ineos and Unite, Britain's largest trade union, have been engaged in a separate war of words about the future of the petrochemical plant. Last week, Ineos announced a "survival plan" involving job cuts and changes to pension plans to keep the plant open.