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Road workers strike in Scottish Borders

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Road workers in the Scottish Borders are on strike over changes to their terms and conditions.

A demonstration was staged outside Scottish Borders Council’s Newtown headquarters this morning to protest about what they claim are changes to their terms of employment.

The Unite Union say they want councillors to understand the "anger of their members".

Willie Thomson from Unite told ITV Border that members of the union wanted to make it clear to Scottish Borders Council that they "would not allow this injustice to continue", as they claim that the changes will cost road workers thousands of pounds and threaten the winter maintenance program.

Scottish Borders Council said the terms and conditions had already been agreed with unions, including Unite.

The changes proposed include a number of issues including compulsory summer standby payments which the council says would help it avoid pay discrimination claims.

The union said the changes would also see cuts to pensionable overtime rates and the removal of paid travel time.