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10/8/2022
Scottish Usdaw Members Speak Out About The Cost Of Living Crisis, With 1 In 4 Food Retail Workers Skipping Meals To Pay Bills
Retail trade union Usdaw is this weekend campaigning at street stalls across the country calling for the Government to take action to tackle the Tory cost of living crisis.   Usdaw has published statistics from their cost of living survey of over 5,500 retail staff, mainly low-paid key workers who deliver essential services which show that.  
10/8/2022
West Of Orkney Windfarm Joins Caithness Chamber Of CommerceThumbnail for article : West Of Orkney Windfarm Joins Caithness Chamber Of Commerce
The developer of a major new offshore windfarm has joined the Caithness Chamber of Commerce with an ambition to maximise the long-term economic benefits the project will bring to the north of Scotland.   In January the West of Orkney Windfarm secured the rights to an area of seabed from the Crown Estate Scotland in the highly competitive ScotWind process, to bring forward a 2-gigawatt windfarm around 25km north of the Sutherland coast.  
10/8/2022
Scotland Leads The Way On High Street Spending Recovery While Major English Cities Lag BehindThumbnail for article : Scotland Leads The Way On High Street Spending Recovery While Major English Cities Lag Behind
● Many major cities are recovering much slower than other UK outliers.   ● Scottish towns and cities are showing strong year-on-year growth ● Spending on travel and increased tourism may be fuelling some high street recoveries.  
10/8/2022
Improving Cancer Waiting Times In Scotland
£10 million allocated to speed up cancer services.   Cancer patients are set for faster access to treatment as an additional £10 million has been allocated to help improve waiting times.  
9/8/2022
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 9 August 2022
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (August 9th) sold 11 Prime Cattle.   Prime Bullocks (5) averaged 252.9p per kg (-4.1p) and sold to 257.0p per kg and £1,637.50 gross.  
9/8/2022
Action Needed To Address Cost Of Living Crisis
The First Minister has sought an emergency meeting of the Prime Minister and Heads of devolved Government Council to agree steps to help people in need as a result of the cost of living crisis.   In a letter to the Prime Minister urging the suggested September meeting be brought forward due to a "fast deteriorating" situation the First Minister made her view clear that “many people across the UK simply cannot afford to wait until September for further action to be taken”.  
9/8/2022
Royal Mail Staff Strike Dates
Royal Mail Staff will strike over a four day period and walkouts will take place.   The union said management response with a 2% pay rise, which it claims would lead to a dramatic reduction in worker living standards due to soaring inflation.  
9/8/2022
Pay Claim Submitted For Amazon Workers
Union approaches Amazon for talks after wave of protest action across the country GMB has submitted a formal pay claim to the company, asking for a real terms rise.   In the letters submitted on behalf of members across the country, GMB is asking for talks on pay - facilitated by the government arbitration service ACAS.  
9/8/2022
Bus strike by Unite
On Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August more than 1,600 London bus workers in west London will stage strike action in protest of the pay offer they have received.   The first day of the strike action will coincide with the strikes planned for the London Underground and Overground, bringing public transport to a grinding halt in the capital that Friday..  
9/8/2022
Rail Strikes in UK in August
Unions have planned strikes for various dates.   Saturday 13 August Thursday 18 August Saturday 20 August The 13 August strike is organised by Aslef and includes train drivers at nine rail companies.  
9/8/2022
Felixstowe Port Strike For Eight Days Will Create Shortages in Stores
Over 1,900 workers at the UK's largest container port in Felixstowe will stage strike action over pay for eight days from Sunday 21 to Monday 29 August.   The strike, which is being organised by Unite, is expected to cause huge disruption to the supply of goods including packaged food, electronics and clothing across the UK..  
9/8/2022
DHL The Delivery company workers to strike
For one week from Saturday 13 to Saturday 20 August, DHL workers based in Scotland will go on strike in a move that their union, Unite, says will impact supplies to Sainsbury's stores across Scotland and Northern Ireland.   Unite said the strike was to protest the fact that DHL were offering lower wages to workers based in Scotland, unlike in other parts of the UK..  
9/8/2022
Communications Workers Union Balloting Members For Strikes
The Communications Workers Union has is preparing to ballot members across the Capita O2 and Tesco Mobile partnerships due to a "derisory" 4 per cent pay offer.   The union is also into apay dispute with Capital TVL over pay for TV licensing workers..  
9/8/2022
Results Day - Near Record Pass Rates For National 5s, Highers And Advanced Highers
Pass rates for National 5s, Highers and Advanced Highers have increased to near record levels for any exam year since current qualifications were introduced.   The overall percentage of A grades is also higher than 2019, when exams were last held, and the number of skills-based qualifications, awards and certificates has increased to a near record 64,240.  
9/8/2022
University Places For Most Deprived At Record High
The number of 18-year-olds from the most deprived areas being offered a place at university is at a record high - up 32% since 2019, the last year there were exams.   The latest UCAS data also shows 29,630 Scottish domiciled students have been offered a place at a Scottish university on SQA results day - up 6% compared to 2019 and the second highest on record.  
8/8/2022
Stricter Rules To Clamp Down On Takeaway Litter
New guidance will help make sure takeaway food businesses play their part in cleaning up high streets.   New guidance will help make sure takeaway food businesses play their part in cleaning up high streets, the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has set out.  
Consultation Launched On Proposed College Merger | Co-chomhairleachadh Air A Chur Air Chois Mun Cho-aonadh Colaiste A Th' Air A Mholadh
A 10-week public consultation on the proposed merger of UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland has been launched today.   This exciting new strategic partnership would create an anchor institution of scale and impact within UHI, and the region, supporting 9000 students and 600 staff in 19 rural and island campus locations across the north of Scotland.  
8/8/2022
Covid Infections Continued To Decrease In England, Wales And ScotlandThumbnail for article : Covid Infections Continued To Decrease In England, Wales And Scotland
5 August 2022 The percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to decrease in England, Wales, and Scotland in the latest week (ending 26 July 2022).  In Northern Ireland, the trend remained uncertain in the latest week.  
8/8/2022
Retail Returns To Default Settings As The Covid Online Bubble Bursts
With online sales falling to their lowest level since March 2020, Shopify and Amazon have shed staff in a reset to the pre-Covid era.   ParcelHero asks if e-commerce is the victim of its own rapid growth?.  
8/8/2022
NHS Dentistry At A Tipping Point, As BBC Reveal True Extent Of Access Crisis
NHS dental practices unable to offer appointments to new adult patients, in the most extensive survey of patient access ever undertaken.   The British Dental Association has pressed government to step up and deliver urgent reform, as new research from the BBC underlines the scale of the access crisis facing NHS patients across the country.