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Doddy opens new look market

Liverpool funnyman Ken Dodd is opening a new look market in the city. Doddy is the guest of honour at the opening of St Johns Market. Its been closed since July for a 2 million pound refurbishment.

Artist's impression of the new look St John's Market Credit: Liverpool City Council

Traders and shoppers had complained that the market had a dated 70's feel prompting the refurbishment.
There will be a new modernised entrance on Elliot Street, and an increase in the number of stalls – up from 120 to 140 traders, as well as space for ‘pop-up’ specialist markets such as antiques, craft or vintage clothing.

Ken Dodd will open the new market Credit: pa

48 hour strike at Fujitsu gets underway

Fujitsu has sites in Manchester, Crewe and Warrington Credit: GTV

A third wave of strikes is getting underway at Fujitsu sites in the North West.

The computer company has operations in Manchester, Crewe and Warrington. Up to three hundred members of UNITE are expected to take part in the 48 hour walkout in a dispute over pay, pensions and job security.

The union say that the company plans to cut 1800 jobs.

The strike action has also been accompanied by work to rule and an overtime ban by union members.

WATCH: Liverpool ONE's Christmas lights switch on

Liverpool’s festive season is now well underway following the illumination of the city’s iconic Christmas tree.

The city was brought to life with confetti, snow, live music, theatrical and aerial performances and street entertainment to officially mark the start of Christmas.

Thousands of people gathered in Paradise Street to see the lighting of Liverpool ONE’s 30 metre Christmas tree.


Car workers urged to accept wage offer

The Jaguar Land Rover plant, Halewood Credit: pa

Unite is urging its members at car giant Jaguar Land Rover to accept an "exceptional" two-year pay deal. The union said the proposed agreement is worth 3.5%, plus a £750 bonus in year one and an plus an inflation-proofed rise in year two. Around 22,000 workers at numerous sites including Halewood, on Merseyside will be balloted, with a "strong" recommendation to accept the offer.

Unions say workers should share in JLR's success Credit: pa
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