London, UK (Unite): The privatisation of the court and tribunal interpreting service is hampering the justice system for those that don’t have English as their first language. Delays in court appearances have soared as the majority of registered interpreters are refusing to work for a cost-cutting subsidiary of the controversial outsourcing company, Capita. Now Unite, the largest union in the county, and five other professional interpreting organisations, representing 2,343 registered public service interpreters, will be launching a campaign this week to get the service brought back in-house by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
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