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THE LARGEST union representing Scottish Water staff has sent notices to inform the company they will start four days of strike action on 10 November.

UNISON members at Scottish Water voted 78 per cent in favour of strike action over a pay and grading dispute earlier this month.

The union says that Scottish Water is proposing changes to employment contracts without properly engaging with unions which is causing anger amongst staff.

The union says the proposals will cause “years of wrangling over pay grades and push the lowest paid onto even lower wages and cause significant problems around equality legislation”.

Branch secretary for UNISON Scottish Water branch Patricia McArthur said: “I am dismayed it has come to this. Scottish Water managers are imposing a new pay structure with no involvement from staff which is not acceptable.”


A UNIQUE house is back up for grabs in Skerries – complete with its own private cinema.

The detached three-bedroom property Schoolhouse, which was built in 1893 and later extended, has an asking price of offers over £85,000.

But not only does it have a 20-seat cinema, but there is also a garage converted into a spa room complete with a hot tub.

It was formerly owned by entertainer ‘Crazy’ Chris Harris who installed the cinema and ‘spa’. It is thought that the cinema seats come from an Odeon in Manchester.


SHETLAND Arts says it is looking forward to welcoming feminist comedian Eleanor Conway to Mareel this weekend.

With 250,000 followers on social media and more than 100 million views online, the award-winning stand-up will bring a “sex positive, high energy banger about the ‘pleasure gap’” to the venue.

Tickets for the Talk Dirty To Me event, which takes place on Sunday night, can be found here.


HOLYROOD’s rural affairs and islands committee has launched a call for views to inform its consideration of the Scottish Government’s Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill.

The legislation represents the Scottish Government’s ‘vision for agriculture’ to transform farming and food production in Scotland and to make it a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

People have until 24 November to share their views here.

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