Nicola Sturgeon backs talks on public sector bid for asylum accommodation
First Minister suggests cross-party talks following repeated reports of abuse
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT should consider a future bid to tackle abusive behaviour and poor housing of asylum seekers in the country, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
Responding to concerns from Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie yesterday [Thursday 29 September] Sturgeon promised cross-party talks on whether a public sector bid for future housing contracts was possible.
Calls for investigation into mistreatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow
Fresh allegations heap pressure on provider Orchard & Shipman
SNP MSP Alex Neil and the Scottish Refugee Council have both called for a full investigation into the alleged mistreatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow.
The call comes after it was confirmed that the companies contracted to house asylum seekers will be questioned by the Home Affairs committee after accusations of bad treatment.
Exclusive: Sleeper train contract will allow @ScotGov to "undermine strike"
Planned strike over catalogue of train faults could be undermined by clause allowing government to reimburse operator
SLEEPER train staff working for private company Serco could see their planned strike undermined by the Scottish government due to a "union-bashing" clause in the franchise contract.
RMT ballots for sleeper train strike action over Serco 'failures'
A strike ballot of RMT members on the Scottish sleeper train service goes ahead today
SLEEPER services between Scotland and London could be disrupted as transport union RMT has said it has "no choice" but to recommend strike action.
The ballot will go out to all members on the sleeper service today (1 December) and closes on 15 December.
RMT said a series of "defects" on the Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock had not been addressed by the private operator Serco, despite recent talks between the union and the franchise operator.
Bid to 'save Calmac' fails in Holyrood
The competition between Serco and Calmac to run the west coast ferries will continue after Labour motion is defeated in parliament
FERRY workers and trade unionists were watching from the public gallery in Holyrood as the Scottish Government defended its decision to put the west coast ferry service, worth PS1bn, out to tender.
An attempt by Scottish Labour to halt the controversial tendering process was defeated on Wednesday, with parliament instead supporting an SNP amendment backing the bidding process.
Report reveals women seeking asylum are treated like "animals" in UK detention centre
Chief inspector of prisons labels Yarl's Wood detention centre a "a place of national concern"
A DAMNING REPORT published by the Nick Hardwick, chief inspector of prisons, has uncovered that conditions at Yarl's Wood detention centre have deteriorated to the extent that almost half of detained female asylum seekers fear for their safety.
Evictions, bullying, racism: The horror faced by Scotland's asylum seekers revealed
A CommonSpace investigation uncovers widespread mistreatment of asylum seekers in Scotland
THOUSANDS of asylum seekers arrive in Scotland every year to escape persecution, hoping to seek refuge.
But the company responsible for housing newly-arrived migrants in Glasgow is at the centre of storm over allegations of mistreatment, bullying and racism, CommonSpace can reveal.
Housing firm Orchard & Shipman, which is a subcontractor for security multinational Serco, faces accusations that the treatment of migrants breaches their human rights.
Seeking refuge : Devolution of asylum policy remains an urgent issue
On the night of 18 September, Scotland anxiously waited for the results of the independence referendum. For voters, this was a choice that could determine futures and change lives. The turnout was appropriately high, at 84.6 per cent. But for some unable to cast a ballot, the vote was of no less significance.
Anderston Kelvingrove Church is situated just west of Glasgow city centre. During the day it operates as a regular church, running various classes and activities. But at 8pm every night, this building becomes an adapted night shelter for the city's destitute asylum seekers.
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