Wednesday 26th April
An offshore union has accused employers of ‘spin over substance’, as it took another step towards a possible strike. Unite has served notice on the Offshore Contractors Association, informing them that it is going to ballot members for official industrial action. It’s over a long-running pay and conditions dispute with the OCA. Last month, a 2% increase was overwhelmingly rejected by union members and further talks between both sides have since broken down.
Selling Scottish fish to Europe will be vital, even after Brexit, says Ian Hudghton. 46 Scottish companies are taking part in the world’s biggest seafood exhibition this week in Brussels. It’s the place where multi-million pound deals are negotiated. Over the last ten years Scottish sales to Asia have risen 4-fold, according to the government. But 80 per cent of our fisheries products are sold to the rest of Europe. SNP MEP, Ian Hudghton says it will be vital that isn’t disrupted by Brexit
A 16 year old boy is due to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court later after failing to stop for police on the A90 at Laurencekirk. The teenager was in a car, which ended up crashing through a fence on Monday evening. He has also been charged with other road traffic offences.
A ferry from Aberdeen was forced to return to port last night after a huge wave smashed its windows. The Northlink vessel MV Hrossey was heading to Lerwick via Kirkwall when the incident happened at around 7 o’clock. The wave shattered windows at the front of the ship causing water to flood in. It prompted the Hrossey to be re-routed back to the Granite City where it docked shortly before 10pm.
Economy Secretary Keith Brown will today visit the construction site of the new £14.6 million Inverurie Health and Care Hub. On completion next year, the new facility will accommodate a GP Practice and Community Health and Social care facilities including a Public Dental Service and a Community Maternity Unit. It will also provide diagnostic and treatment services such as x-ray, Cardiology and provide outpatient facilities for a range of other specialities.
A section of the A90 north of Aberdeen will close overnight for the next three weekends forcing motorists into a detour. The dual carriageway between the Murcar roundabout and the B977 Balmedie junction will shut in both directions as part of work on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and Balmedie to Tipperty dualling project. The closure will be in place on Friday into Saturday and Saturday into Sunday from 8pm to 6am with diversions set up.