Big Turnout as ALBA Party launch campaign to ‘Save Grangemouth’

ALBA Party have today (Saturday) launched a campaign to Save Grangemouth Oil Refinery.

There was a big turnout as Alba’s Depute leader Kenny MacAskill launched the campaign to save the “strategic” asset in Grangemouth as part of a day of action to build support behind a campaign to save Scotland’s only Oil Refinery.

Mr MacAskill says that “Scotland’s Oil must be refined in Scotland”

The ALBA Party Depute leader has been leading efforts at Westminster to demand intervention to save Grangemouth.

ALBA point to the fact that last year Scotland’s North Sea sent over £9 Billion in revenues to the UK Treasury, yet it looks like the country is heading to ‘Grangemouth No More’ with both the UK Government and the Scottish Government to date failing to intervene to save the refinery.

Kenny MacAskill MP was joined by Alex Salmond and Party Chair Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on Saturday alongside party activists and members of the public with Alba estimating that they will have managed to distribute 20,000 petition leaflets over the course of the day highlighting their campaign.

Commenting ALBA Party Depute leader Kenny MacAskill said:

“When it comes to saving Grangemouth oil refinery as a national asset for the whole country, as well as energy security for the future there is no bigger challenge facing Scotland right now.

“That is why ALBA Party has today launched a campaign to Save Grangemouth.

“Grangemouth is already profitable but by making the required investment as called for by the workers and Unite the Union that profitability would be increased three fold and the future of the refinery would be secured beyond 2025. This action will save the refinery, the 500 direct jobs and 2,000 contractors jobs that depend on it.

“Alba Party will stand with workers and ensure that Grangemouth does not go down without a fight and we will pressure both the Scottish and UK Governments to now get off the fence and back the workers wholeheartedly in their fight to save their jobs, their communities and the industrial future of Scotland. Anything less would be a betrayal of these workers and of Scotland.”

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