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23 June 2003

UNISON Nursery Nurses in National Demonstration - Tuesday 24 June.

UNISON nursery nurses from across Scotland will tomorrow -Tuesday 24 June- participate in a national demonstration in Glasgow to mark the successful first phase of action in support of their pay and grading claim.

Assembling Blythswood Square, Glasgow 1.pm

Marching off: 1.15pm

Arriving Glasgow Green: 2pm

Speakers at Glasgow Green:

Dave Anderson, UNISON National President

Matt Smith, UNISON Scottish Secretary

Christina MacAnea, UNISON National Secretary Educational Services

Speaking today UNISON's Scottish Secretary Matt Smith said: "Tomorrow's demonstration is the culmination of the first phase of the nursery nurses action in support of their long standing pay and grading claim. UNISON's nursery nurses are resolute, and will be determining further action after tomorrow's march and rally. The first wave of action has demonstrated that the nursery nurses are dedicated, hardworking and conscientious professionals. But they will pursue their re-grading claim until they gain recognition for their professional status, and secure fair pay".

Matt Smith added: "It is disappointing that the employer COSLA has not changed its position. UNISON has been overwhelmed by the public support for nursery nurses. It's a shame COSLA is failing to recognise this and moving to end the dispute".

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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