Completion of new Diageo plant left hanging in the balance

DRINKS giant Diageo has been forced to suspend work on two multi-million pound plant in Fife on Monday after the main contractors went into administration.

The future of the £86 million project in Leven and a £65 million bio-energy plant at the Cameronbridge Distillery has been left hanging in the balance along with many others across the UK after it emerged that the building services firm Rok was in financial difficulty.

Should the administrators, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) fail to find a buyer, 3800 jobs will be at risk nationwide, though it is unknown how many in Fife are in danger.

It is understood that up to 150 tradesmen are involved with the work on the new bottling plant and are all waiting to hear any developments concerning their future employment after Monday’s announcement.

On completion, the plant at Banbeath is set to create 400 new jobs in Fife and is part of greater plans to close the Jonnie Walker plant in Kilmarnock. Continue reading

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Scots protest against Westminster financial cuts

MORE than 20,000 people marched through the centre of the Scottish capital to demonstrate against the financial cuts announced in Westminster this week.

The mass of demonstrators, made up of trade unionists, community activists and members of the public assembled on New Market Street, close to the City of Edinburgh Council offices on Saturday.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress marched behind the banner of their campaign ‘There’s a better way’ and voiced their opinion that the £81 billion cuts announced by George Osborne do not favour public sector workers and are not the best course of action for the long-term Scottish and UK economy.

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Scotland’s protest over Westminster cuts

MORE than 20,000 people marched through the centre of the Scottish capital to demonstrate against the financial cuts announced in Westminster this week.

The mass of demonstrators, made up of trade unionists, community activists and members of the public assembled on New Market Street, close to the City of Edinburgh Council offices yesterday (Sat).

The Scottish Trades Union Congress marched behind the banner of their campaign ‘There’s a better way’ and voiced their opinion that the £81 billion cuts announced by George Osborne do not favour public sector workers and are not the best course of action for the long-term Scottish and UK economy.

Scotland protests Westminster cuts

By Clare Carswell

MORE than 20,000 people marched through the centre of the Scottish capital to demonstrate against the financial cuts announced in Westminster this week.

The mass of demonstrators, made up of trade unionists, community activists and members of the public assembled on New Market Street, close to the City of Edinburgh Council offices this morning (Sat).

The Scottish Trades Union Congress marched behind the banner of their campaign ‘There’s a better way’ and voiced their opinion that the £81 billion cuts announced by George Osborne do not favour public sector workers and are not the best course of action for the long-term Scottish and UK economy.

The General Secretary of STUC, Grahame Smith, said: “We need to change policy.  We are on a disastrous course, disastrous for the economy, disastrous for the people of this country.  We need to have change.”

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Scottish Government pledges 650 places for eco jobs training

By Shaun Milne

SCOTLAND’S eco industry received a boost of 650 new training places today (tues).

Education Secretary Michael Russell pledged the new support for employers working to support a low carbon economy.

The training, to be delivered through Skills Development Scotland, is being funded with the support of the European Social Fund.

The Scottish Government said the announcement would help firms reskill or upskill employees in low carbon technologies, helping with the economic benefits of greener business. Continue reading

500 jobs to go at Edinburgh-based Standard Life

By Amanda MacMillan

EDINBURGH-based insurance and pensions group Standard Life are to axe nearly 500 jobs.

Over the next 15 months the company will phase out up to 600 existing jobs and create around 100 new jobs across the business.

The changes follow on from the structural changes which the company announced in June this year aimed at increasing organisational capability, flexibility and capacity.

Of the roles being phased out, around 100 are currently held by contractors and 24 are existing vacancies that will not be filled. Continue reading

City of Edinburgh Council reveal cash saving jobs cull plan

By Shaun Milne

COUNCIL chiefs in Edinburgh have drawn up plans to axe at least 300 jobs as part of a £16m cost-saving plan.

City of Edinburgh Council bosses say it will be mainly management posts and backroom jobs in the firing line.

But insiders warned “nothing can be ruled in or out at this stage”.

The cuts – to be rolled out over three years – are the first steps to achieving savings of some £90m expected to be needed.

Details of the proposals drawn up by council officials were being presented to unions today (wed). Continue reading