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PROTESTS against the approval of the Rosebank oil and gas development to the north west of Shetland are due to take place this weekend across the UK.

The protests are being held from Aberdeen to London, as well as Oslo.

The list of action does not currently include any protests in Shetland.

Rosebank was given the go-ahead earlier this week – much to the disappointment of environmental campaigners.

TICKETS are now on sale for Mareel’s Hogmanay event.

The end-of-the-year shindig will take place in the venue’s bar only, with DJ sets from Lyall Halcrow and Brendan Hall to see in 2024.

Shetland Arts has also announced that the alternative cabaret evening Make More Noise will return on 16 December.

The night will be “filled with music, comedy, drag, bingo, circus performances and an unforgettable ‘after show’ DJ session in the café bar”.

THE UNION Unison has warned that more strikes could be held by its members if a pay deal for local government workers is not agreed.

It comes after many schools closed in Scotland, including Shetland, this week as support staff went on strike.

Unison Scotland’s head of local government Johanna Baxter said: “The strength of feeling amongst Unison school staff has been clear for all to see on picket lines across Scotland.

“There’s also been a surge in membership, which is testament to the strength of local government workers’ resolve to continue their fight for fair pay.

“The union will consult its council workers on the latest offer. But Cosla must come clean about how the offer will affect revised pay scales and clarify precisely where the money will come from.”

PLANNING permission is being sought for a Polycrub at the Walls Health Centre.

A planning submission by NHS Shetland said it could be used by both staff and the wider community, in collaboration with the health centre.

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