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Grangemouth row union rep resigns

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The Unite union official at the centre of the Grangemouth industrial dispute has resigned from his job at the facility.


Stephen Deans had been suspended by operator Ineos over claims he used company time for union business.


The company had been expected to reveal the outcome of a disciplinary case against him on Tuesday.


The union previously voted for strike action over his treatment, which led to last week's shutdown of the plant.


A statement released by Ineos confirmed Mr Deans had resigned from the company with immediate effect.


It said: "The company has conducted a thorough investigation into Mr Deans' activities over the last 18 months and made Mr Deans aware of these findings last week.


"Mr Deans requested an additional five days prior to the final disciplinary hearing to allow him time to provide any further relevant information.


"The company was due to meet with Mr Deans again tomorrow but has now received his resignation."


'Rigging' claims

Mr Deans, the convener of Unite in Scotland, had worked at Grangemouth for 24 years.


He had been accused of trying to rig the selection of a candidate for Westminster in his role as chairman of the Labour Party in the Falkirk constituency.


It was claimed he had signed up dozens of new members for Labour, promising the recruits that Unite would pay their membership fees on the understanding that they would back the union's choice in the contest to select a new Labour candidate to stand for parliament in Falkirk, to replace the disgraced Eric Joyce.


Mr Deans was suspended from the Labour party but was later cleared by an investigation and reinstated.


But Ineos carried out its own investigation into allegations that some of the new Labour members had been signed up in the refinery.


The row over his treatment erupted into a vote for strike action which was eventually called off by the union.





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