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Scottish teachers union vote for strike action

The Educational Institute of Scotland have voted to go on strike Credit: ITV Border

The Educational Institute of Scotland has voted for members to go on strike, as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

Over 90 per cent of the union members voted in favour of strike action, following what they say was college management's failure to deliver on a deal made last year.

Colleges Scotland has called the action hugely disappointing.

Rail strike over driver-only trains to go ahead

RMT union members will strike for 24 hours next week Credit: PA

Trade union RMT has confirmed a strike against Northern rail, or Arriva Rail North, is set to go ahead despite talk of cancellations.

The guards and drivers members of the union will walk-out for 24 hours on Monday 13 March.

They say the dispute is over retaining train guards and the prospect of driver-only trains.

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Exams 'won't be affected' by university strikes

University of Cumbria. Credit: ITV Border

Strikes by staff at the University of Cumbria will cause disruption tomorrow, but will not affect exams, according to the university.

The forthcoming strike action proposed by UCU is part of a national dispute.

The University of Cumbria has discussed the matter constructively with UCU locally, and all parties are committed to handling the action and any associated impact in a responsible and sensible way.

The industrial action could potentially cause some disruption to formal teaching but submission of coursework and assignments as well as examinations will not be affected. The university is making every effort to mitigate any impact on students.

– A spokesperson for the university

Sturgeon urges renegotiations of junior doctors contract

Nicola Sturgeon has penned her response to the junior doctors contract in an open letter to David Cameron.

It highlights that The Royal Collages based in Scotland are concerned that the decision to impose the junior doctor contract risks the retention of world-class medical workforce throughout the UK.

The letter ends with a plea to Cameron, to reconsider the current position and return to negotiations with the BMA.

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BMA chair: Hunt must put patient care before politics

9.50am: The Health Secretary must put patient care before political dogma, the chairman of the British Medical Association said.

In a video posted online, Mark Porter said this was needed for the long-term future of the NHS and the future of junior doctors.

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Unions: Junior doctors are not responsible for deaths

Junior doctors strike in Bristol. Credit: PA

Union leaders have said junior doctors will not be held responsible for any deaths as as a result of today's all-out strike.

A letter on the British Medical Association website says it is down to employers to ensure patient safety and not individual medics.

Thousands of junior doctors have staged a two-day walkout starting from 8am and 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Hunt: 'No union has right to blackmail government'

Health secretary has denied stopping strike action by junior doctors is "in his hands", accusing the British Medical Association of trying to "blackmail" the government.

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Jeremy Hunt asked on BBC Breakfast: "Is it proportionate, or appropriate to withdraw emergency care?"

The Health Secretary said: "It was the first page of our manifesto that we'd have a seven-day NHS.

"I don't think any union has the right to blackmail the Government, to force the Government to abandon a manifesto promise that the British people have voted on."

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