Union leaders at the Grangemouth refinery said today that they were 'delighted' with the outcome of their negotiations with the owner of the refinery, which resulted in the end of their final salary pension scheme and a cut in shift allowances.
Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite union, said: 'This is a tremendous victory for the power of the union. Our members were absolutely determined to reduce their standard of living, and due to my immovable bargaining position, that's exactly what's happened. With Christmas approaching it was vital that my members have less than ever to spend.'
At a union meeting to celebrate Mr McCluskey's triumph, he was beaten to a pulp.