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MEMBERS of the GMB union working in schools and early years settings in Shetland are among those in Scotland being balloted on strike action.

GMB, which represents more than 20,000 workers across Scotland’s 32 local authorities, said a pay offer from local government association COSLA was “far below inflation and less than last year despite the cost-of-living crisis worsening”.

The vote will begin on 12 June and will run until the end of July.

GMB Scotland senior organiser for public services Keir Greenaway said: “Given Cosla is unwilling or unable to offer a fair pay rise or ask ministers to intervene, we have been left with no choice but to ask our members if they are willing to take industrial action in support of our claim.”

THE JUNIOR inter-county competition takes place this weekend in Shetland as the Northern Isles go head to head once again.

There will be athletics, hockey, football, swimming and netball on offer, with Shetland captained by Tahlie Leslie and Sanna Forsyth.


All of the events are due to be streamed on Facebook, where the timetable of events can also be found.

FUNDING from NatureScot will go towards employing a ranger for the RSPB on the island of Mousa this summer.

Many of Scotland’s most popular natural sites are receiving a staffing boost via Scottish Government funding of £900,000.

The NatureScot Better Places funding will go directly to 24 countryside, coast and island projects across Scotland, enabling an additional 62 staff to be employed this summer across Scotland.

TRIGEMINAL Neuralgia Awareness Day is taking place this year on Thursday 22 June.

The official description of Trigeminal Neuralgia is “sudden, severe, brief, stabbing pain occurring in attacks lasting at the most a few seconds usually only on one side of the face and provoked by light touch”. It is often experienced by people with MS.

The charity Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK exists to provide information, support and encouragement to those who suffer the “excruciatingly painful condition”.

More information can be found here.

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