11 August 2003
UNISON says Employers' investigation into Nursery Nurses is flawed.
UNISON the trade union representing nursery nurses in dispute across
Scotland, today slammed the controversial CoSLA technical group
set up to create a recommended job description and grade for striking
nursery nurse as flawed.
The group was due to report by the end of July, but the report
is not yet published. Carol Ball, Chair of UNISON's Scottish Nursery
Nurse Working Party and a herself a nursery nurse in Glasgow said:
"It is sad that Scottish employers are prepared to waste the summer
creating a flawed report, rather than making an offer to deal with
nursery nurses' pay and responsibilities. Only last week the Scottish
Executive produced statistics that showed the number of places in
local authority pre-school education centres has increased by 4%
since January 2002, whilst the number of staff has decreased by
13%. What more evidence do employers want that nursery nurses are
doing more and have increased responsibilities?"
Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for Local Government
added: "Nursery nurses are deeply suspicious of this technical working
group. The employers' technical report will be worthless unless
individual councils can guarantee that they will implement any grading
or backdating of any agreed pay level. In addition, the remit of
the group failed to include career structure for nursery nurses.
UNISON is also sceptical about the procedures of the group.
Joe Di Paola said "The existing job evaluation procedure has been
constantly changed since it was adopted. To suggest that anyone
can simply pick it off the shelf, run out a quick job description,
attach a sum of money to it and get all 32 councils' to agree to
it, is patently absurd. Unless of course the employers knew all
along what the outcome was going to be."
"Nursery nurses now complete a two year training course, have
taken on a host of additional duties, and can only earn up to £13,800
at the top of their grade. The least the employers can do is acknowledge
this and address the pay and re-grading issues, rather than wasting
energies on working groups and reports, in an attempt to justify
their confused position".
The union's Industrial Action committee is to meet later this month
to look at the next stage of Industrial Action that has continued
all summer in day care nurseries. Nursery schools and classes are
set to resume later this month and face further disruption unless
progress is made to resolve the dispute.
For Further Information Please Contact: Joe Di Paola (UNISON
Scottish Organiser Local Government ) 07990 505698(m) 0845 355 0845 (w) Chris Bartter (UNISON Communications Officer) 0771 558 3729(m)
0845 355 0845 (w) Carol Ball (Chair UNISON's Nursery Nurses Working
Group) 07803 952263 (m)