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11 June 2003

Nursery Nurses strikes go into fourth week

Around 2,000 Nursery Nurses from Glasgow and surrounding authorities, and from Highland and Dumfries & Galloway have become the latest to take strike action today (11 June).

Nursery nurses from Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and Highland all start two days of strike action today. At least one rally will take place at Motherwell Civic Centre, North Lanarkshire at 10.30 this morning. A Mass meeting of Glasgow Nursery Nurses takes place in the John Anderson Bldg, Strathclyde University at 11.00am, and tomorrow Highland Branch will lobby the Highland Council.

"It is increasingly frustrating that Scottish employers seem prepared to accept continuing disruption to young childrens' education rather than making a fair offer to deal with the unfairness of nursery nurses' pay and responsibilities.", said Carol Ball, Chair of UNISON's Scottish Nursery Nurse Working Party and a nursery nurse in Glasgow.

This is the latest of the current strike days in Scotland. Unless there is some sign of movement from employers, UNISON will carry on the rolling programme of strikes across the country backed up by a boycott of additional duties.

Next week the areas to be targeted will be Falkirk, Stirling, Perth and Kinross, Dundee City and Fife. Where the strikes will be on Tuesday and Wednesday 17 and 18 June. South Lanarkshire will also strike on Thursday 19th.

A large all-Scotland day of action is planned for Tuesday 24 June with a major demo. Future action will also be discussed by the union next week at its National Industrial Action Committee. The boycott of additional duties is continuing and further strikes in nursery services are likely.


For Further Information Please Contact: Carol Ball (Chair-Nursery Nurse Working Party) - 0141-552 7069(o) 07803 952263(m) Joe Di Paola (Scottish Organiser - Local Govt) - 0845 355 0845(o) 07990 505 698(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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