Striking UCU members at Edinburgh University show their solidarity with sacked Unite the Union convenor Mark Lyon. If you live in the UK, please write to your MP and ask them to sign the Early Day Motion (EDM) on Ineos and Trade Unions. The EDM is abou …

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Striking UCU members at Edinburgh University show their solidarity with sacked Unite the Union convenor Mark Lyon.

Striking UCU members at Edinburgh University show their solidarity with sacked Unite the Union convenor Mark Lyon.

If you live in the UK, please write to your MP and ask them to sign the Early Day Motion (EDM) on Ineos and Trade Unions.

The EDM is about the anti-union activities of the petrochemical company INEOS. INEOS sacked Unite convenor Mark Lyon for carrying out his trade union duties, and that INEOS is in breach of international labour standards as well as UK labour rights.

Check if your MP has signed the EDM by visiting the EDM page on the Parliament website:

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Find your MP and send a message:




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What should your message say?

It’s always much more effective to write your own message instead of copying and pasting, but you can use the following points as a guideline for your message:

  • Write confirming you are a constituent, and ask them politely to sign Early Day Motion 1046 on INEOS and Trades Unions.
  • Mention that you are concerned by the actions taken by the petrochemical company INEOS at Grangemouth, in dismissing Unite convenor Mark Lyon, and in refusing to recognise the shop stewards elected by the workforce.
  • Mention that this is in breach of ILO standards and UK law.
  • Remind them that INEOS is in line for grants and loan applications from both the Scottish and UK Governments, and that you think it’s wrong that a company that refuses to recognise the right of its workforce to organise into a trade union receive assistance from the tax payer.

The text of the EDM is as follows:

“That this House expresses serious concern at the anti-trade union behaviour of INEOS at its petrochemical plant in Grangemouth where it has dismissed Mark Lyon, the UK Vice-President of Unite The Union for carrying out his responsibilities as the elected convener of Unite The Union at the Grangemouth complex; notes that INEOS refuses to accept the Unite shops stewards elected by the workforce to represent them and is acting against the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work 1998, particularly ILO Convention 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise 1948, and ILO Convention 98 on The Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining, 1949; further notes that INEOS is acting in contravention of the rights set out by the UK Government on the gov.uk website sections on Trade union membership: your employment rights and the role of your trade union rep; is concerned that INEOS is in line to receive £9 million in grants from the Scottish Government and has applied for loan guarantee fund support from the UK Government of £150 million; calls on the Government to make it clear to INEOS that actions in breach of ILO conventions and in contradiction of UK law on the rights of employees to be represented by a trade union and to take part in trade union activities is not acceptable in the UK in the 21st century; and further calls for the reinstatement of Mark Lyon and a negotiated settlement of points of difference between INEOS and trades unionists in its employment.”


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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