As high street stores begin to set up their Christmas displays, I can only imagine the anxiety and stress placed upon the thousands of plant staff, not forgetting their families,who stared unemployment squarely in the face.
It would have been of little consolation to them that they found themselves as pawns in a much bigger political game, a game where intransigence met belligerence, where ego and posturing overtook the need for cool heads and common sense.
So,what lessons can be drawn from the fiasco of Grangemouth, that would stop such a situation happening again?
Well, the Ineos owner, Jim Ratcliffe must be reasonably satisfied with the outcome.
He now has full agreement to all of the proposals put forward by management in relation to pay and pensions.
He has also secured some £125million of underwritten funds from UK Government.
In so doing, he effectively held the industry to ransom and I have little time for his way of doing business.
Less satisfied, is the man who led the opposite side to this dispute Unite Trade Union convener, Stephen Deans. As well as Unite's convener, Mr Deans is also the chairman of the Local Labour Party.
Many of us will remember that Mr Deans stood accused of exercising undue influence in the selection of the Labour Party's candidate to stand in the Falkirk by-election.
Following a public outcry, Labour leader Ed Milliband intervened and Labour's relations with the trade unions, and its political levy, are likely to be changed forever.
However, following an internal probe, Mr Deans held on to his party membership.
This week, former Home Secretary Jack Straw gave his opinion on that decision, stating that he believed it was now necessary for the Labour Party to re open that investigation.
In the meantime, Mr Deans has been provided with a number of emails and other documents that were to be used in relation to potential disciplinary action, by Ineos, this week.
Rather than explain himself and respond to this matter, Mr Deans, this week, resigned.
Thankfully, the whole sorry mess has not resulted in the plant closing, no thanks to Stephen Deans.
Without intervention, oil refining in Scotland would have been heading in the same direction as our, once great, coal, steel and shipbuilding industries.
Whether Independent, or Better Together, Scotland needs to put measures in place to prevent stupidity such as this, from driving jobs out of our economy.
Placing union leaders in company boardrooms is not the answer, no more than putting company bosses on union committees.
It may strike a nice headline, yet it underscores the naivety with which many politicians approach these matters.
I remain grateful that all of those who would have paid the price for this silly political posturing, can, at least, look forward to sustained employment and a less stressful Christmas.
I have no doubt that in future months, they may have cause to reflect upon the wisdom of Unite's advice.
As for the erstwhile Mr Deans, having placed his own political ambition, above the needs and concerns of the people he was being paid to represent, where does he go from here?
A seat in the boardroom may prove elusive although, given his obvious talents, I am sure the Flat Earth Society would welcome him with open arms.
WASN'T it such a refreshing change this week when the big supermarkets cut petrol and diesel prices in response to a reduction in the wholesale price.
Yet, before all of us decide what we can squander the money on this Christmas, let's pause for thought.
I commend Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco for lowering petrol prices by a whopping 2p to 3p per litre.
What a pleasant festive bonus for consumers that they all acted so close together, if not in unison.
There has been coverage in the media recently that the Big Six energy companies are acting like a cartel and ripping off customers with inflated prices.
The supermarket chains wield mighty power within the marketplace and it is refreshing to see them passing on the reduction in wholesale price to the customer.
The Big Six? Well, I am sure they will pass any future savings on ... to shareholders.