Sunday 1 June 2003
UNISON calls for movement in nursery talks
UNISON, the union representing Scotland's nursery nurses in dispute,
has called for 'a significant move' in talks between the two sides
scheduled for Tuesday.
The union has finally received a request from employers at CoSLA
for a meeting and has agreed. However, the union is clear that without
an offer to resolve nursery nurses' immediate low pay problem, that
strike action planned for the following weeks will continue.
Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for Local Government
said "We are pleased that, after a week and a bit of megaphone negotiations
in the media, CoSLA have finally got around to contacting us direct.
As we have always said, we are ready for talks at any time. However
there will need to be a significant move towards a proper interim
pay award for nursery nurses across Scotland if we are to settle
UNISON is angry at what it sees as a campaign of misinformation
by CoSlA, citing as misleading, statements that employers were 'not
aware of the union's demands'; that they had no mechanism to deal
with the dispute; and the constant media call to UNISON to get back
round the table, despite no direct contact with the union.
"Nursery Nurses feel undervalued enough," Joe Di Paola said, "The
kind of half-truths their employers have been resorting to, can
only increase that frustration and alienation."
"CoSLA's own briefing on the dispute," he went on " Refers both
to the original claim and to our claim for an iterim increase. In
deed they say they have been asking for councils' views on this.
How were they able to do this if they weren't aware of what nursery
nurses wanted? And if they have no mechanism to deal with the dispute,
why are we meeting? We agree with the First Minister that the dispute
has gone on too long especially after 15 years of increasing duties
and no recognition. We are calling on the employers to appreciate
the valuable role that nursery nurses carry out and to offer tangible
recognition of that."
As the two sides meet for the first time since the strikes started,
the next wave of strikes will be starting. Nursery Nurses in Inverclyde,
East, North and South Ayrshire, Orkney and Shetland start two days
of action on Tuesday and Wednesday (4 and 5 June).
Unless there is a resolution, other areas of Scotland will continue
the rolling programme of strikes across the country in future weeks,
backed up by a boycott of additional duties.
The union will announce these areas on Tuesday should further action
For Further Information Please Contact: Joe Di Paola (Scottish
Organiser - Local Govt) - 0845 355 0845(o) 07990 505 698(m) Carol
Ball (Chair-Nursery Nurse Working Party) - 0141-552 7069(o) 07803
952263(m) Angela Lynes (Scottish NEC member) 0141-552 7069(o) 07979
522 606(m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w)
0771 558 3729(m)
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