25 August 2003
Nursery nurses move to week-long strike.
The long running dispute over nursery nurses pay and career structure
is due to be stepped up in September if there is no acceptable offer
from Scotland's local authorities, said their union UNISON today
It follows a series of area 2 and 3 day strikes and a continuing
boycott of additional duties. Nursery Nurses across Scotland will
strike for a week between 8 - 12 September and the week of action
will culminate with a afternoon event for supporters, children and
parents on Glasgow Green on Saturday 13 September.
"This extension of the action is an expression of how frustrated
Scotland's nursery nurses are becoming" said Carol Ball, Chair of
UNISONScotland's Nursery Nurses Working Party.
"It is incredible that instead of using the summer to negotiate
with UNISON to find a deal that would resolve the dispute, CoSLA
have spent the time commissioning a flawed report, which has little
chance of dealing with the main issues. It is sad that parents and
children are going to have their lives and education disrupted because
of CoSLA's failure to move"
Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for Local Government
added: " Isn't it time for the Scottish employers to come forward
with a sensible offer that addresses the concerns of our nursery
nurses? Councils in England have settled their disputes on a fair
basis, without attacking nursery nurses' terms and conditions. After
15 years, it is time for Scotland to do the same."
The action will mean the closure of Scotland's nurseries and nursery
schools for the week. There will be a public rally in support of
striking nursery nurses in Glasgow from 1.00pm to 5.00pm on Saturday
An all-party panel of MSP's and some celebrities will speak in
For Further Information Please Contact: Joe Di Paola (UNISON
Scottish Organiser Local Government ) 07990 505698(m) Carol Ball
(Chair UNISON's Nursery Nurses Working Group) 07803 952263 (m) Chris
Bartter (UNISON Communications Officer) 0771 558 3729(m)