Scottish Lawyers strike in protest at cuts to legal aid

THE Scotsman front page reports that the first national strike of lawyers has been planned in Scotland in an attempt to force politicians to reverse planned changes to legal aid. Under the proposed new regime the accused would pay towards their defence costs if they have more than £68 disposable income per week – with solicitors forced to collect the money.


The Guardian reports that Scottish defence lawyers are to stage “a series of unannounced strikes at courts and police stations across the country”. This follows industrial action on Monday, when Members of the Edinburgh Bar Association, which represents defence solicitors, refused to act for their clients in the city’s sheriff court. Some lawyers demonstrated outside the court, carrying placards. Read More…

Lawyers to strike over legal aid cuts

THE Scotsman newspaper reports on its front page that lawyers  have voted in favour of strike action after launching a furious attack on proposed Scottish Government changes to Legal Aid.


According to the report the Edinburgh Bar Association (EBA) voted unanimously in favour of industrial action. Action is expected before the end of the year. Read More…

Hall’s of Broxburn “We were hoping against hope it could be saved.”

Glasgow_Herald_newspaper_front_pageUsdaw members at the Hall’s of Broxburn site have been left devastated by the news today that the owner of the meat processing plant rejected two last-minute bids to save the factory.


The Herald reports that Dutch food group Vion, which owns the factory, said neither of the offers “constitutes a viable and sustainable alternative” to its closure.


Usdaw divisional officer Lawrence Wason said: “We will now be working with the company to put in place facilities to help the workforce seek alternative employment and secure the best possible redundancy terms to help cushion the blow of such massive job losses. We have also met with West Lothian Council representatives to explore the ways in which help and support can be offered to the workforce over the coming months.” Read More…

Scottish Doctors to Ballot for Action to Protect Pensions

The HeraldScottish doctors will be balloted on further, escalated industrial action over pensions, that could involve a series of days of strike action with emergency cover.


The BMA has announced on its website that its council has agreed that Scotland’s hospital and public health doctors would be balloted in November if the Scottish government did not deliver a genuine alternative to the controversial NHS pension changes being pursued in the rest of the UK.


GPs in Scotland will not be balloted this time.


If doctors decided to strike, the first day of action is planned to take place on December 12, with subsequent strikes scheduled for January 8 and 17.

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