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Union says 213 probation jobs are at risk

Union officials claim 123 jobs are under threat at the probation service in Cumbria and Lancashire.

The union, NAPO, says it's been told that the cuts will be made over the next 12 months by the private company, Sodexo, which has taken over part of the service.

The company says:

"We are in the process of sharing our future plans with employees...given that we are formally consulting on these plans it would be inappropriate to comment further."

RMT calls for re-nationalisation of rail services

Rail workers in Carlisle took part in day of action this morning, calling for the re-nationalisation of rail services in the North.

It was part of a region wide campaign in response to the news that German, Dutch, and French state railways had been shortlisted for the Northern Rail franchise.

But a spokesperson for the Department of Transport said the move was a step towards the creation of a northern powerhouse for the UK economy.

"The publication of the invitations to tender is the first step in the transformation of train travel between the northern cities. It is also a significant step in the creation of a northern powerhouse for the UK economy."

– Spokesperson, Department of Transport

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Muircleugh wind farm proposals rejected

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Plans to build a wind farm between Stow and Lauder have been rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

Airvolution's application for the seven turbine site at Muircleugh was unanimously refused by the Council’s Planning and Building Standards Committee yesterday morning.

The council believes it would have an "unacceptable" impact on the landscape and character of the area.

But the company behind the plans claims the council has 'lost out on over £3.9m of investment' to the region. It says it is considering its options with regards to next steps.

Rail workers take action in Carlisle

RMT Union workers at another strike Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Rail workers in Carlisle participated in a Union "day of action" between 7am and 9am this morning.

They are joining staff across the north in a campaign to have a publicly owned system in the region.

The RMT Union claims jobs, services, and safety are at risk if franchises are awarded to companies outside the UK.

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Borderlands report pinpoints problems in South of Scotland

The Borders Railway. Credit: PA

The South of Scotland isn't getting a fair deal - according to the committee of MPs who have published the Borderlands report.

It highlights problems with wages, broadband and cross-border transport in the region.

It also recommends that the new borders railway is extended to Carlisle to boost the economy, and says the UK and Scottish Governments must find better ways of working together.

Factory closure 'devastating'

The factory will begin closing in the next few days.

The closure of the Eastman factory in Workington, with a loss of 152 jobs, has been called "devastating" by Allerdale Borough Council:

“This is devastating news – particularly for those 152 people who have lost their jobs. I feel for every one of them and their families – this is a truly terrible day.

“When you consider that in February this year, there were 1,114 jobseekers in Allerdale this is a huge increase in this area’s unemployment figures. That’s a rise of more than 13% and really puts into context how losing such a major employer is so detrimental to the local economy.

“When the threatened closure was first announced, we met with the management of Eastman, and with other agencies and employers in the area, to see what we could do to help, and I will make sure that these meetings continue.

“We want to be involved in securing the future of the site and we want to see employment back on there as quickly as possible. We will be speaking to the company and our partners in West Cumbria to make sure this happens.”

– Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council
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