Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Unions call for probe into pension funds over links to Donald Trump’s border jails

U.S. President Donald Trump   (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

UNIONS are to question council pension funds over links to Donald Trump’s border jails.

We revealed last month how Scots funds hold £138m with investment firms backing the US president’s immigration detention centres.

The funds are managed by finance firms with huge investments in GEO Group and CoreCivic, American prison operators.

Scottish pension funds linked to Trump’s border jails

Lothian Pension Fund and Strathclyde Pension Fund invest with General Dynamics, a firm which processes migrant children for the US Government.

Strathclyde Pension Fund has £52m invested in Blackrock, Vanguard, Aviva, St James’s Place, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo – who all fund US the prison operators.

Lothian Pension Fund has investments worth £28m with Wells Fargo and General Dynamics. North East Scotland Pension Fund has investments worth £58m in Blackrock, St James’s Place, Aviva and Vanguard.

How we broke the story

The funds have a duty to invest for the best returns and ensure pensions are paid for their members. The funds said any investments were managed by third parties.

But politicians and unions voiced concerns last week.

They included Unison and Unite, who said they would raise the issue formally later this month.

UNISON’s Dave Watson said: “We will be flagging this up at our pensions conference on Aug 17.”