17 June 2003
Employers 'fail parents' as nursery strikes go on
Around 2,000 Nursery Nurses from Central Scotland, Dundee, Fife
and South Lanarkshire, will be the latest to take strike action
today (17 June).
Nursery nurses from Falkirk, Stirling, Dundee, Perth & Kinross,
Fife, all start two days of strike action today. South Lanarkshire
will also strike on Thursday 19th. Stirling Nursery Nurses will
be leafleting Stirling Town Centre all day today(17).
"Scottish Employers are clearly treating nursery nurses, and Scotland's
children with contempt. ", said Carol Ball, Chair of UNISON's Scottish
Nursery Nurse Working Party.
"Millions of taxpayers money has been committed by the Scottish
Executive to nursery provision, yet they will not discuss any payment
to nursery nurses who are providing the service. They are failing
Scotland's children and Scotland's parents by sitting back whilst
childrens' education is disrupted."
This is the latest of the current strike days in Scotland. The
current wave of strike action will culminate in an all-Scotland
demonstration on Tuesday 24 June in Glasgow, further strikes are
likely to be planned as there appears to be no movement from employers.
The boycott of additional duties is continuing.
"It wasn't so long ago that CoSLA was complaining all over the
media that we wouldn't talk to them." Said Joe Di Paola, UNISON's
Scottish Organiser (Local Government).
"We spoke to them and they refused to make a tangible move towards
addressing nursery nurses' concerns. All we were looking for was
a payment to bring nursery nurses to a fair level - but councillors'
apparently would rather sit back and wait for their summer holidays.
Well we have news for them, it will not be a rest for them, as our
members are angry and want to target them."
Future action will also be discussed by the union this week at
its National Industrial Action Committee. The boycott of additional
duties is continuing and further strikes in nursery services are
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
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