Male cleaners to take equal pay fight to Europe

THE battle for a fair deal for dozens of male cleaners and catering staff may be taken to the European court.

£700,000 unfair dismissal claim rejected

A BANK executive who claimed she was fired after uncovering an apparent multi-million pound discrepancy in her employer's accounts has had her compensation claim rejected by an employment tribunal.

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Alba jobs

About 50 jobs are being created at the Alba Centre in Livingston by Asprea, a new firm that will manage claims for the building insurance services industry.

Private sector employment levels surge

THE growth in private sector employment in Scotland is beginning to outstrip the growth in the public sector, new figures have revealed.

Jobs for 60 textile workers as Iranian cashmere firm to open Borders factory

A CASHMERE company based in Iran yesterday announced it was creating up to 60 jobs in the Scottish Borders by setting up its first UK operation.

When is a dismissal not really a dismissal?

EMPLOYEES who are dismissed by their employer can, if they have the necessary service, claim unfair dismissal at an Employment Tribunal.

Worker wins adult mag sacking case

A CHIP shop worker fired after giving her boss a copy of an erotic magazine for his birthday has been awarded compensation of £1,388.

Sting's chef wins sacking claim

STING, the rock star, and his wife were yesterday ordered to pay their former chef £29,944 after she won a claim for sexual discrimination against them.

Employment in Scotland at record high

NEW jobless figures for Scotland show the number of people not in work fell by 3000 over the past year, despite a slight increase on three months ago.

Scots workforce balance alters

THE number of public sector employees in Scotland has fallen from 23.8 per cent of the workforce to 23.1 per cent over the past year.

Tribunal slashes award to TV exec who called boss 'a big fat thing'

AN AWARD-WINNING television producer who was sacked from her £70,000-a-year job at STV for referring to a senior manager as a "big fat thing", "blob" and "blobbiness" has been awarded £16,611 by an employment tribunal.

Scottish jobs market in robust health

TWO reports out today confirm that the labour market in Scotland is in good shape, with demand for staff robust.

Call to cut rise in minimum wage

THE rise in the minimum wage should be slowed in order to prevent it becoming a threat to employment, an expert who previously advised the Government on its level warned today.

Why are some jobs worth £2,352 while others cost Scotland £27,777 each?

REGIONAL Selective Assistance (RSA) is a good thing isn't it? That seems to be the accepted wisdom from recent coverage in the media of the fourth-quarter grants of £24 million given to 33 firms to safeguard or create over 1,900 jobs through the Scottish Executive's RSA scheme.

Businesses left to count cost of dealing with conflict

CONFLICT at work is costing employers 350 days of management time every year and has been made worse by statutory procedures, according to a report due to be published today.

Sacked woman sues police force

A FORMER police custody assistant is suing Grampian Police for unfair dismissal.

Sacked doctor accuses NHS trust of race discrimination

A DOCTOR sacked after being jailed for indecently assaulting a female colleague is claiming he was unfairly dismissed and a victim of race discrimination.

Jobs growth hits a low

THE rate of jobs growth in Scotland is at an eight-month low, but is still outpacing the rest of the UK, a report revealed today.

Skills shortage pushing wages up across Scottish jobs market

SKILL shortages are still hampering the Scottish jobs market - and driving up starting salaries in the process, the latest Labour Market Report from the Bank of Scotland revealed today.

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