Tues 8 July 2003
UNISON launches 10% pay campaign for nurses - Scotland's poorest
Scotland's largest health care union, UNISON, has today issued
a report that shows that, in comparison to other professional and
frontline public sector workers, nurses are Scotland's poorest paid
In response, UNISON has launched a postcard campaign calling on
Scotland's 129 MSPs to abide by their political parties' election
manifestos, many of which promised to improve nurses' pay.
Anne McGinley, Chair of UNISON's Nursing Sector Committee said:
"This report confirms what we have always thought - Nurses
are Scotland's > poorest paid professionals."
UNISON's Lead Officer for Nursing, Bridget Hunter said: "The average
age of a Scottish Nurses is 49 and we are having major difficulties
recruiting and retaining staff as a result of poor pay."
Jim Devine, UNISON Scottish Organiser (Health) said: "Today UNISON
is launching what is a unique pay campaign. We do not want our members
to take industrial action nor are we going into formal dispute with
their employers, namely Trusts, Health Boards and GPs. This campaign
will be targetted specifically at MSPs demanding that they implement
their manifesto commitments in relation to nurses pay. When our
MSPs return in September we will be preparing a model resolution
which we hope will be passed by the parliament."
[Note to Editor - You are invited to the launch of UNISON Scotland's
"unique" 10% pay campaign for Nurses. It will take place at UNISON
House, 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow at 10.30am on Tuesday, 8th
July 2003. Nurses will be available for interview.] CLICK
HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT
For Further Information Please Contact: Jim Devine, Scottish
Organiser (Health) 0845 355 0845(w) 07876 441 239(m)