Talks will be held today to try to minimise the impact of job losses in at a mine in South West Scotland.
60 positions are set to go at the open cast coal mine in Kirkconnel. The company says it is the result of the fall in the price of coal.
Local politicians say it's a hammer blow for the area.
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Labour Education spokesperson Iain Gray said SNP ministers should be ashamed, as Scotland falls down international education rankings.
One of Scotland's foremost education academics has described today's figures on Scotland's standing in the world as "shocking".
Swinney says OECD statistics make for "uncomfortable reading" and pledges to press ahead with reform.