UHI Shetland - Open the door to your future
Sunday 23 June 2024
 11.7°C   SW Moderate Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Also in the news / NHS staff ballot, sporting success, McGhee retires and more…

INDUSTRIAL action in the health service appears to become a distinct possibility after Unison announced on Monday that it will ballot 35,000 NHS staff across Scotland recommending they reject the Scottish Government’s pay offer and vote to take strike action in the coming months.

The trade union says the pay offer of five per cent is well below the rate of inflation – which stands at about 10 per cent – and it is deeply unfair as it will give those at the top a higher pay rise than staff at the lower pay bands.

This ballot is launched in the midst of a staffing crisis in the NHS with staff turnover higher than ever before. There are over 6,000 nurse vacancies across Scotland. 

Chair of Unison’s Scotland health committee Wilma Brown said: “NHS staff have been taken for granted, staff have endured over 10 years of real terms pay cuts only to be told by the Scottish Government that, yet again, they will have to accept a below inflation pay rise.”

The union’s consultative digital ballot closes on 8 August.

SHETLAND veteran athlete Martin Leyland had a clean sweep at the Scottish Masters Championships in Dundee at the weekend, winning four gold medals in the men’s 65 to 69 category.

Leyland came first in the 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump, including the championships best performances in the 100m and 200m in his age group.

The 65-year-old completed the 100m distance in 13.11 seconds and won the 200m in 27.17.

Results in the long jump were 4.68 metres and in triple jump 10.20m.

Meanwhile Michelle Sandison, also from Shetland, won the 5,000m event with a time of 17:36.

George McGhee (centre) with Anne Bain, panel member (left) and Faith Tulloch, vice-chair (right) at a recent gathering to mark his stepping down from the panel. Photo: SIC

Become a supporter of Shetland News


FORMER manager of the Anderson High Schools’ halls of residence George McGhee has stepped down as chair of the Shetland Adoption and Fostering Panel after 27 years of voluntary service.

A panel member since November 1995, he was vice-chair for a while before becoming chair in August 2007.  

The panel’s role is to independently consider and make recommendations on adoption and fostering matters.   

Paying tribute, the newly elected chair of the council’s education and families committee Davie Sandison said: “George’s voluntary service and commitment to the welfare of Shetland’s young people for so long is remarkable.  

“His huge contribution to the work of the panel has undoubtedly shaped many lives. On behalf of the panel and the council, I’d like to offer our sincere thanks.”

SKIPPERS and fishing boat owners are again being asked to share some of their companies’ financial performances and crew demographies for this year’s UK fishing fleet survey.

Researchers from Seafish started their annual survey in Peterhead today (Monday).

The interviews take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and all responses are treated as strictly confidential, with no figures from any individual vessel revealed in any outputs.

Seafish economist Nick Patience said: “The UK fishing fleet survey is a vital piece of research that explores the health of the sector, covering its economic challenges and deeply important social impact on the communities built around it. 

“The results are essential in helping government understand where costs are changing, how businesses are really performing and what is charting its course.”

Vessel owners who are willing to participate in the fleet survey should e-mail fleet.survey@seafish.co.uk with their name, e-mail and/or phone number, and port of operation to allow Seafish researchers to arrange a meeting with participants in port or by call.

For any further enquiries about the survey or previous industry estimates contact the team on fleet.survey@seafish.co.uk or 07870 894 035.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.