16 May 2003
2-day nursery nurse strike action targets different
The strike action voted for by 5,000 nursery nurses
will start with a two-day strike across most of Scotland a delegate
meeting of UNISON branches heard today. In addition a boycott of
additional duties that have been added to nursery nurse jobs since
the last pay review 15 years ago, starts on the first day of action
and will continue indefinitely.
The action will take place from 20 May, strikes being on Tuesday
and Wednesday in parts of Scotland and Wednesday and Thursday in
"We will be varying the action that nursery nurses
will be taking." Said Carol Ball, Chair of UNISONScotland's Nursery
Nurses Working Party. "Whilst we will be boycotting extra duties
across the country, we will be taking strike action at different
times in different areas. This is to try and minimise the disruption
to parents whilst maintaining the highest possible public profile
of nursery nurses."
The campaign will start on 20 May with this rolling programme of
action. Further local and Scotland-wide action is part of a report
to the union's National Emergency Committee which meets on Monday.
The action will mean the closure of Scotland's nurseries and nursery
schools on strike days, and disruption of the overall nursery service.
Angela Lynes, a UNISON NEC Member, says that parents
have been very supportive, and recognise the responsibilities for
this lie with employers. "Parents have been the mainstay of our
public support, petition-signing etc. They know that we have tried
for 18 months to get the Scottish employers to address this issue
seriously We are sorry that we have to disrupt their nursery service
in the short term. But we are sure that they recognise the justice
in our members claim, and that a badly paid service will not deliver
the quality education their children deserve."
There will be a march and rally for striking nursery nurses in Glasgow
on Tuesday 20 May, Assembling at India Street at 11.00am and Marching
to George Square for a rally at 12.15pm.
NURSERY NURSE STRIKE ACTION DETAILS
[Notes to the Editor - Planned areas of strike action (by local
Tuesday 20 May and Wednesday 21 May - East Ayrshire,
South Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Dumfries and Galloway,
Glasgow City, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire,
North Lanarkshire, Shetland and Orkney. On Wednesday they will be
joined by colleagues in Edinburgh, East-, Mid- and West Lothian,
Borders, Fife, Stirling, Falkirk, Perth & Kinross and Dundee.
These branches will also be on strike on Thursday 22 May. Branches
also striking on Wednesday 21 May alone will be Aberdeenshire, Angus,
Argyll & Bute, Clackmannanshire, Highland, South Lanarkshire,
Moray and the Western Isles.
Extra duties that will be boycotted include observation, recording
assessment and evaluation processes, planning and development tasks,
student training, all work outwith normal working hours, and all
clerical, janitorial and cleaning tasks.]
For Further Information Please Contact:
Carol Ball (Chair-Nursery Nurse Working Party) - 0141-552 7069(o)
Bill McAllister (Regional Officer - Local Govt) - 0845 355 0845(o)
Angela Lynes (Scottish NEC member) 0141-552 7069(o) 07979 522 606(m)
Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558
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