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NHS staff protest over pay dispute

Health staff outside the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle join national strike. Credit: ITV Border
Staff including nurses, midwifes and radiographers, walked out for 4 hours in another protest over pay. Credit: ITV Border

Health workers across Cumbria staged a fresh round of industrial action this morning in an ongoing bitter row over pay.

The Society of Radiographers joined 10 other unions to protest at the government's decision not to accept a recommended one percent pay rise for all NHS workers. According to the society, this is the first year since 1982 that radiographers have gone on strike over pay.

"It's since 2008 that we haven't had an increase in pay, apart from our incremental pay rises as you progress through your career. We don't have anywhere else to work - the NHS is the sole provider, really, of jobs for radiographers. Jobs in the private sector are almost negligible unless you want to go and work for agencies, so we can't go and find a better paid job elsewhere, we have to work for the NHS. "

– Bernice Nicoll, Deputy Principal Radiographer, Cumberland Infirmary

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The People's Millions: voting begins

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Lines are now open for Day 1 of voting in The People's Millions competition.

Today in the ITV Border region Gretna community sport goes head to head with Whapples Orchard.

A grant of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the winner. The other project is still in with a chance of winning National Lottery cash if it gets the highest number of runner-up votes.

Details of how to vote here: www.peoplesmillions.org.uk and for terms: itv.com/terms.

The People's Millions is a long-running collaboration between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund. We want to help projects that capture the public's imagination, inspire local people to get involved and to make a lasting difference to those in their area through improvements to the neighbourhood.

Anti nuclear protests in Carlisle station

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Anti nuclear campaigners are holding a demonstration at Carlisle train station this morning to highlight what they say are the dangers of atomic energy.

Radiation Free Lakeland are protesting against the transportation and use of nuclear material in the North West which they claim represents a risk to the environment and public health.

NHS staff strike over pay

Workers have walked out on strike, in protest at the Government's decision not to give them a recommended 1\% pay rise Credit: PA

Health workers across Cumbria will stage a fresh round of industrial action this morning in an ongoing bitter row over pay.

Staff including nurses, midwifes and radiographers, will walk out for 4 hours in another protest at the government's decision not to accept a recommended one percent pay rise for all NHS workers.

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Health workers strike across Cumbria

Health workers across Cumbria will stage a fresh round of industrial action this morning in an ongoing bitter row over pay.

Staff including nurses, midwifes and radiographers, will walk out for 4 hours in another protest at the government's decision not to accept a recommended one percent pay rise for all NHS workers.

Stobo Castle giving back to the Borders

Stobo Castle Health Spa in the Scottish Borders has been named as Scotland's favourite spa for the second year running.

The Peebleshire-based facility attracts around 25,000 visitors every year and is one of the area's largest employers with 175 staff.

Managing Director Stephen Winyard says it's all about re-investing in the business, and is as much about giving back to the Borders:

Mikey's parents: You haven't seen the last of Only The Young

The parents of Carlisle singer Mikey Bromley say they're 'gutted' for him and the rest of his band, Only The Young, following their X Factor departure. The band were voted off on Saturday night. The 19-year-olds parents Martin and Angela have travelled to London to support him every week and say the exposure the band has received has been 'unreal'. Watch their interview with Hannah McNulty above.

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