Pay-cut interpreters in justice protest - oldham-chronicle.co.uk reports
INTERPRETERS have criticised a Delph-based company and the Ministry of Justice over a radical and controversial agreement to provide language services at courts through one supplier.
A group called Justice for Interpreters protested outside the Ministry of Justice’s Asylum and Immigration Tribunal offices in Manchester city centre yesterday against Applied Language Solutions (ALS).
It is contracted to offer interpreters and translators to all courts and justice agencies across England and Wales.
The protesters fear standards will be lowered following cuts in pay, and that miscarriages of justice could be caused. The new framework will also lead to a drop in interpreting quality, they claim, allegations which ALS strongly deny.