Pupil support staff who assist special needs children in Highland schools have voted for industrial action against controversial education cuts.
Union bosses have welcomed moves by health chiefs to put in measures to protect porters at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness who are dealing with clinical waste – including extra staff.
Unions and locals have voiced fears that lives are at risk on the NC500 tourist route after occupants of two campervans clashed with an ambulance crew on a New Year’s Day call.
An independent, external QC-led inquiry into the bullying scandal at NHS Highland could start as early as next month.
A former UK energy minister has warned of the “enormous implications” to Scottish manufacturing if BiFab are left out in the cold, as the Moray East contract saga continues to run on.
NHS Highland bosses are planning to stop serving late afternoon meals for staff at the region’s biggest hospital – because it is making a £4-a-day loss.
The biggest union involved in the “effective closure” of the BiFab yards in Scotland has branded the behaviour of owners “crazy” as it attempts to get clarity on jobs.
BiFab has announced a fresh wave of redundancies just weeks after a Scottish Government-backed rescue package was unveiled for the troubled firm.
Council workers have been urged by a trade union to reject a pay rise amid claims it would “only increase disparity” between staff and bosses.
The BiFab yard in Lewis will not be ditched in a potential takeover deal of the company, union leaders have been assured.
Highland Council has been praised after taking its contract for cleaning and servicing its public toilets back in-house – a move hailed by union chiefs as helping secure 84 jobs at a time of uncertainty.
A 79-year-old woman had to wait an agonising three-and-a-half hours for an ambulance in Inverness after dislocating a hip – an “awful situation” which a trade union and north MSP claim highlights the “urgent need” for extra vehicles in the city.
Inverness is in “urgent need” of more ambulances, a trade union warned as it emerged only two dedicated accident and emergency vehicles cover the city daily – the same as 30 years ago.
Protesters and union chiefs opposed to the downgrading of health provision in Caithness have welcomed a major cash boost that will ease pressure on the “over-stretched” ambulance cover in the region, claiming it will ultimately save lives.