Union chiefs want Lothian Buses to run the Edinburgh trams

 By Clare Carswell 
 
UNION chiefs are calling for Edinburgh’s controversial new tram services to be run by the city’s award winning bus operator instead. They argue that Lothian Buses already runs a profitable service and can turn around the ailing fortunes of the project by wresting control from TEL – the company currently poised to operate the lines. 

It follows the shock departure yesterday of David MacKay, chairman of the company behind the TIE construction project which has been dogged by delays, legal battles and spiralling costs. 

In a parting shot, he branded the elements of the project as “hell on wheels” and launched a furious broadside against the German contractors, Bilfinger Berger

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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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March and rally against proposed education cuts

By Amanda MacMillan

TEACHERS, lecturers, students and parents will to the streets to march against proposed education cuts later this month.

A march and rally organised by the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday 23 October.

Campaigning under the slogan ‘Why Must our Children Pay?’ the EIS is arguing that the education of children and young people should not be damaged further by another round of deep cuts to education funding for schools, colleges and universities. 

Kay Barnett EIS President Kay Barnett said: “It is clear that there are few areas of Scottish education that have gone untouched by the politically-motivated cuts agenda. Continue reading

Angry Flyglobespan staff to meet firm over cash settlement

By Rory Reynolds

HUNDREDS of staff who lost their jobs when Scots airline Flyglobespan went bust will find out if they are entitled to any compensation next month.

Suppliers affected by the travel firm going out of business and thousands of customers will also learn if they are entitled to any cash.

Creditors acting for Flyglobespan announced yesterday that it will hold a meeting for all those who are attempting to claim against the collapsed firm.

Staff and creditors are to meet with administrators next month to discuss payouts from cash generated from the sale of the firm’s assets.

Around 650 employees at the discount airline lost their jobs when the firm went under in December, stranding thousands of passengers around the world. Continue reading

Hopes that Edinburgh bin strike is drawing to an end

By Rory Reynolds

TALKS aimed at resolving Edinburgh’s increasingly bitter bin dispute could see industrial action finally drawing to an end.

There was hope of a breakthrough tonight with a new deal on the table to be put to union members after what was described as “positive” discussions between workers and City of Edinburgh Council.

The month long row over pay between the Council and public workers union Unite has seen the city left littered with rubbish at the height of the tourist season. Continue reading