Drivers responsible for transporting vital and life-saving equipment around the north-east are to be balloted by a union amid claims bullying at NHS Grampian is making ‘life not worth living’.
A dispute over backdated holiday for workers of Highland Council - totalling an estimated £500,000 - has hit an “impasse” according to one trade union.
Around a fifth of Highland Council staff is still seeking payment of outstanding back pay, according to union chiefs who claim the authority is sitting on an estimated £500,000 owed to them.
A damning report into bullying at NHS Highland has exposed evidence of staff considering suicide and suffering depression, alcoholism and drug abuse.
NHS Highland bullying scandal: Health chief warns staff inquiry findings make for ‘difficult’ reading
The new chief of crisis-hit NHS Highland has admitted bullying exists within the health authority ahead of the findings from a QC-led inquiry being revealed today in the Scottish Parliament.
Trade unions are to make the legal case for Scottish Government intervention in offshore wind jobs during a summit at Holyrood today.
Campaigners last night warned Four Seasons Health Care's plight was proof of a "crisis" in the care sector.
Hundreds of pupil support staff helping special needs children across Highland schools are considering “unprecedented” strikes over education cuts proposed by the cash-strapped council.
NHS Highland porters yesterday carried out their duties as normal after threatening to down tools due to ongoing health and safety concerns, as four staff are said to have sustained needle wound injuries when handling clinical waste.
Union chiefs last night voiced fears for the health and safety of NHS Highland porters over the handling of clinical waste - and are threatening to call for strike action after claims workers suffered needle wounds.
Ambulance services in the north are being “stretched to breaking point” as sick leave levels of paramedics soar, union chiefs have claimed.
NHS Highland whistleblowers hail top-level talks over an external investigation into the claims as ‘the first time our voices have ever been heard’
Whistleblowers at the centre of an NHS Highland bullying scandal hailed top-level talks over holding an external public investigation into the claims – set to be QC-led – as “the first time our voices have ever been heard”.
A GP has claimed he was “blacklisted” by senior NHS Highland managers for being a perceived troublemaker.
Parts of north Scotland were left without ambulance cover when a crew signed off fatigued after responding to a blaze at Skibo Castle while another transferred a patient to Inverness, union chiefs have revealed.
Outreach drama teachers are believed to be among those in the firing line as bosses at the north’s top theatre consider staff redundancies.
Patients suffered “serious, irreversible and avoidable harm” because follow-up out-patient appointments were “deliberately” delayed to meet targets, a former NHS Highland neurologist has claimed.
More than 100 workers have come forward since whistleblowers alleged a “severe bullying culture” at NHS Highland.
NHS Highland’s bullying crisis has deepened with calls for a public inquiry because there is “no faith that the existing senior leadership team” can resolve the issue.
Health chiefs are investigating after almost all of their 10,000-strong workforce were not paid their salary as expected yesterday.
Cash-strapped health chiefs have come under fire for spending almost £9,000 on a security review - but making no changes six months later.
Inverness taxi drivers have threatened strike action after joining ranks with a national trade union - claiming it aims to use its “clout” to take on the “arrogance and contempt” of Highland Council.
GMB Union has called the “effective” closure of BiFab yards a “dark day” for the Scottish economy as the core workforce is cut in a move that sees senior staff keep their posts.
The new owners of BiFab vowed yesterday there would be “no further redundancies” as they look to compete for big renewables contracts.
Workers union GMB said last night that its consultation ballot on the Mariner platform returned a 91% vote in favour of industrial action.
Engineering firm BiFab is being urged to place its closure-threatened yard on Lewis on “care and maintenance” so it can speedily restart operations when the market improves.
The GMB Union welcomed news that the Highland Council had vetoed proposals to axe 300 specialist teaching roles in schools.
Health bosses met hospital security guards yesterday to begin consultation on controversial plans to cut night shift cover at Raigmore in Inverness to just one member of staff.
Highland Council leaders have warned of jobs losses and swingeing cuts to services – on top of a proposed 3% council tax hike – in a bid to deal with a massive £25.8million budget gap.
A controversial proposal to cut security staff working night shifts at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness to just one has been condemned by union chiefs who claim lives of staff and patients would be put at risk.
Dounreay nuclear plant is facing New Year strikes after trade unions officially served notice of a ballot on industrial action over pay.
NHS Highland’s annual bill for private home care has almost doubled to £9million in three years - at a time of unprecedented budgetary pressures.
Industrial action just short of an all-out strike could hit hundreds of patients of a vital care service in the Highlands.