Published: Monday, 20 October 2014 07:30
Public sector workers ‘insulted’
Public-sector workers in the Western Isles are angry at what they feel is an ‘insulting’ offer on pay revisions, according to the local branch of trade union, UNISON. The union called off a day of strike action planned for tomorrow, and a ballot opens today for local government members to vote on a last-minute offer from the Scottish Employer (COSLA). The dispute focuses around the Living Wage, and how workers are able to bargain for increases. Western Isles branch secretary Alison MacCorquodale said: “The UNISON members I have spoken to feel that this is yet another insulting offer. We keep hearing that the economy is in recovery, but where is the money going? Councils are choosing to bank money rather than reward the very people who are keeping public services going.” The ballot opens today and closes on Monday 3rd November. The Western Isles Local Government Branch will consider the revised offer at a meeting today and will make a recommendation to their members immediately thereafter.
Read more: Local News for Monday 20th October 2014
Published: Tuesday, 21 October 2014 07:30
New exhibitions for WWI
The next events for Pròiseact nan Ealan, the Gaelic arts agency, will be a series of WW1 themed exhibitions relating to the Gairm nan Gàidhlig – Call of the Gael project. These exhibitions will showcase stories, pictures, poems, artefacts and memorabilia from the Western Isles. The exhibition in An Lanntair will run between 25 October and 6 December. The North Uist exhibition will open in Taigh Cearsabhagh in November and will run throughout 2015. Exhibitions in Barra and Harris will take place later in the year and Kildonan museum will host one between April and October 2015.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 20th October 2014