© Reuters. The logo of the Thai chemical company Indorama Ventures is seen at the company’s headquarters in Bangkok
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Indorama Ventures PCL is pressuring the local United Steelworkers (USW) union representing some 300 workers at its Port Neches, Texas, petrochemical plant to accept job cuts, sources familiar with the matter said. The Bangkok-based chemical producer is seeking the elimination of 10 to 12 positions, which is feared is a first step towards further cuts, the sources said. “We have been in this pandemic for a year and they want us to eliminate jobs,” said one of the sources. An Indorama spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday. Indorama purchased the Port Neches plant in January 2020 from Huntsman (NYSE 🙂 Corp as part of a $ 2 billion deal for five plants. Total employment at the plant, which makes propylene oxide, is about 600 people.